As the unofficial end of summer approaches and we begin to usher in shorter days and cooler nights, Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to indulge in the flavors of the season at these top restaurant selections.


33 Greenwich Avenue
High-end Southern fare, featuring staples such as shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, and filé gumbo, is on offer at this elegant eatery, blending New Orleans culinary elements with Southern diner sensibility. Situated in New York’s historic Greenwich Village, this newly-opened cozy space also pours up craft cocktails with modern twists on the classics.


5 Beekman Street
Croissants and beignets with nutella and pastry cream are featured on the pastry menu at this high-end French brasserie located in Manhattan’s Financial District. Other menu standouts include Eggs Cardinal and Sea Urchin Spaghettini, and an impressive array of brunch cocktails, including a variety of Bloody Marys.


945 Madison Avenue
Located on the lower level of NYC’s Met Breuer museum, Flora Bar offers innovative twists on brunch ideas, including a shrimp roll with hollandaise sauce and a maple and sesame pound cake served with a sunny-side-up egg and thick-cut bacon. A variety of pastry and coffee options rounds out the menu at this Upper East Side favorite.


43 East 20th Street
Located in NYC’s bustling Gramercy neighborhood, celebrity chef Scott Conant's newest restaurant, Fusco, is inspired by and named for his grandmother, Carminella Fusco. The warm and welcoming environment, softly lit to evoke the feeling of home, is the perfect backdrop to enjoy Conant’s house-made pastas and other upscale Italian fare.


509 East 6th Street
Peter Kane and Anthony Serignese’s seafood-focused restaurant Out East, in Manhattan's East Village, gets its inspiration from New York’s Long Island coast. Menu offerings include a raw bar, black bass carpaccio, grilled trout, and scallop crudo. This trendy hotspot is perfect when you want to escape the city vibe for an evening and indulge in the fresh seafood-centric flavors of summer.


215 Chrystie Street
Jean-Georges Vongerichten unveils his latest offering in residence at the New York branch of the newly-opened Public Hotel. Serving an eclectic mix of favorites like pizza, pasta, and potstickers, this 150-seat eatery features a wood-burning oven and grill, and also offers a vegetarian menu.


1496 Second Avenue
This Upper East Side outpost of the casual and popular Greenwich Village eatery offers modern interpretations of steakhouse classics, including creamed spinach hushpuppies and bacon served with peanut butter and jalapeño jelly. There is also a menu section dedicated to fish, as well as an ice cream and sorbet dessert menu featuring flavors like pineapple jalapeño and burnt marshmallow.


31 Great Jones Street
Vic’s, located in Manhattan’s tony NoHo neighborhood, offers an Italian-Mediterranean menu featuring locally-sourced ingredients. Baked eggs with tomato and ricotta and soppressata pizza are just two offerings from the brunch menu, which also includes an extensive cocktail list.