our church - the roads are clear before 9, and it gives us time for morning walks in Central Park and brunch afterward. Fred's is our recent favorite. It's a cozy basement restaurant right out of How I Met Your Mother, and their muffin basket comes with a strawberry butter that will rock your world.
Even better, they have a really cute story and their walls are covered in photos of dogs as a testament to it. Next time we're there for brunch, we plan on bringing a framed photo of Gus for the wall. He's going to be famous. At least among Upper West Siders.