Growing up in New York, the weekends were a sacred time. I’d momentarily forget that I was in high school and spend two days enjoying meals as a form of escapism. This served as a source of inspiration and as a form of therapy of sorts. I would completely immerse myself in the varied cultures and simultaneously forget whatever school drama or history test was awaiting me come Monday morning. Eating out has always been just as instrumental in my culinary growth as cooking. Nothing thrills me quite like eating a brilliant dish that I wouldn’t have thought to cook myself. That’s what food is about—sharing and learning. These days, brunch is a ubiquitous weekend activity, and while the initial novelty has somewhat worn off, there are a few places around NYC with fare so good that it brings back the excitement of meeting friends after breakfast and before lunch. So, after eating my way through the Big Apple, I can safely say that these are the 13 best brunch spots in new york right now.