5. Duo Restaurant & Lounge

Neighborhood: Flatiron
 72 Madison Ave.

Duo is the new brunch on the block, the breakfast-brainchild of sisters Sabrina and Lorraine Belkin, who allegedly traveled the world trying to figure out the formula for the perfect brunch. The variables they discovered are glowing menus, cookies and cream-stuffed French toast, and a Sunday brunch party that arrives with the sunset at 7 p.m.

Duo's aesthetic—opulent chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling artwork—is reminiscent of Vegas, but the party is all New York. Two DJs turn an otherwise classy affair into rosé-fueled revelry with women in stiletto and red lipstick. Not our usual brunch garb, but we ain't mad at it.