Not sure exactly how many times a year we ask “Where can we go and sit outside?” but it’s a lot and when it comes to brunch, our ideas are even more limited, especially in Manhattan. Now we have a new option at the tri-level, 1940s-inspired cocktail lounge Hotel Chantelle on the Lower East Side. Last Sunday kicked off their debut rooftop brunch sesh, a crepe-focused menu by executive chef Jeff Kreisel that ranges from the savory (smoked salmon, wild mushroom) to the sweet (banana, peanut butter etc). If you’re not a crepe person there are salads, including a Maine lobster salad option, and if you’re not a food person, then the $6 brunch cocktail menu is probably more your steeze. It’s raining? Who cares — there’s a retractable glass roof. And don’t worry about the kitchen closing at the usual 4pm if your night involved getting home at dawn — they serve until 6pm.
Noon to 6pm, 92 Ludlow St., NY 10002 Tel 212-254-9100 Hotelchantelle.com