I just discovered a new "secret" brunch spot and it's at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Did everyone just roll their eyes and laugh? The Met is most definitely NOT a New York secret. Everyone visits when they come to New York, to see the legendary art collection and the rooftop installation in the summer.
I've always loved the Petrie Court Cafe & Wine Bar - you are surrounded by the beautiful European Sculpture Court and they have a great afternoon tea. But recently, my cousin, a member of The Met, asked me to join her and her daughter for Sunday brunch at the Members Dining Room on the Fourth Floor. You have to be a member to make a reservation here, at any one of the 15 levels of membership. The three-course prix-fixe brunch menu was fantastic and looking out over the trees of Central Park is a perfect New York moment. It's another good reason to join The Met and I plan on taking visitors here.
It's also great for lunch and open for dinner on Fridays & Saturdays, though then you have a view of darkness as opposed to Central Park.