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Brunch is for assholes, as the poet on the T-shirt sings, because you usually end up paying through the nose for lackluster food, harried service, and interminable waits. (We're looking at you Dizzy's.) But it doesn't have to be that way; here are a few new (and a few old) solutions to getting through brunch without stabbing anyone. Of course this list is far from exhaustive—add your favorite spot in the comments, so we can get there five seconds ahead of you and snag the last open table.

Commerce: Pictured above, Commerce in the West Village just started doing Sunday brunch last month, and it's the kind of fun, relaxing ride brunch is supposed to be. Chef Harold Moore's menu is inventive but not pretentious, finding a balance between comfort food and adventure. Prices are reasonable considering how much dinner at Commerce can set you back, with standouts including the Israeli Working Man's Breakfast (pita w/ scrambled eggs, parsley & hummus, $14) and Shakshuka (eggs baked w/ melted peppers, onions & tomato, served in a cast iron skillet). Delicious fresh baked cinnamon buns ($7) and spaghetti carbonara with black pepper & coddled egg yolk ($14) are also available for heartier appetites. The house-made Bloody Mary will warm you up, and perhaps best of all, they take reservations so you don't have to stand around seething for 45 minutes. 50 Commerce Street, Sundays only from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For reservations, call (212) 524-2301.

Motorino: Another newcomer to the brunch arena is Motorino in Williamsburg, where chef Mathieu Palombino does a solid $10 prix fixe deal that gets you a main dish, coffee and juice. Options include a pizza with fior di latte, farm eggs, pancetta, basil and parmiggiano; and baked eggs with goat cheese, homemade tomato sauce and oregano. There are also panetti sandwiches made from Motorino’s pizza dough, baked in the wood-fired oven to create a large roll that emerges crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. 319 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn, Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00pm.

Mercadito Cantina: This newest outpost of the East Village Mercadito mini-empire just started doing brunch last month. The angle here is dressed up Mexican street food, and Chef Patricio Sandoval makes great pozoles, a soup traditionally known for curing hangovers and made with hominy corn tostadas, lettuce, onion, oregano, radish and key lime. ($9.50; add a poached egg for $2.50) For $8, order a couple tacos de canasta, authentic “basket” tacos with lettuce, crema fresca, salsa and cotija cheese, with your choice of fillings like berkshire pork or wild mushrooms. Other options abound, plus their signature tric-quila cocktails, mixed with a bold house-made sake. 172 Avenue B, Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dressler: In south Williamsburg, across the street from Peter Luger's steakhouse, you'll find one of the best brunches in town, served in one of our more ridiculously good looking restaurants. (It's also one of the few Brooklyn restaurants to sport a highly-coveted Michelin star.) Start things off with their warm basket of fresh baked goods ($6) and first-rate coffee, while banishing the word "calorie" from your mind. The eggs florentine ($12) is as gourmet as poached eggs, brioche and hollandaise can possibly get, while the rest of the menu is upstaged by the eponymous Dressler ($14): Yukon Gold Potato Galette, Smoked Salmon, Crème Fraiche, Hollandaise & Fine Herbs, Homefries & Greens 149 Broadway between Bedford and Driggs Avenue, Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Back Forty: This East Village farm-to-table restaurant just started doing brunch last month, too. The menu ranges from Fried Chicken and Waffles ($14, add vanilla ice cream for $2) to Poached Eggs with Cheesy Grits, Mushrooms & a Buttermilk Biscuit ($11). Or you can just say the hell with it and order a burger because it's the middle of the day anyway; the Grass Fed Burger comes with spicy home made ketchup & pickle ($10); add heritage bacon, farmhouse cheddar, or rosemary fries for $2 each. (Here's the menu.) 190 Avenue B @ 12th Street, Saturday 12 – 3:00 p.m. and Sunday 12 – 3:30 p.m.

Old Devil Moon: We're reluctant to tell anyone else about this New Orleans-style den of flava because it's already crowded enough by 1 p.m. But it's right around the corner from Back Forty and is fantastic if you get there before noon. They've got the best pancakes in New York City, made with corn meal and whole wheat, and transcendent when ordered with pecans, bananas and blueberries. Although several months ago they started committing the sacrilege of diluting their real maple syrup with regular "syrup" like Log Cabin. So BYOMaple! Or switch to the savory side with the Sicilian Frittata, served with big chunks of potato, broccoli and a warm buttermilk biscuit. You will never leave ODM hungry, but just one caveat; the coffee sucks. 511 East 12th Street, (212) 475-4357, brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Yerba Buena: Another one in the East Village! They just got into the brunch game here, too, and Chef Julian Medina's menu emphasizes Latin interpretations of classics like steak and eggs, turning that dish into Steak "a Caballo," which is a traditional Columbian dish with fried eggs, congri, and salsa criolla. The Benedict Yerba Buena comes with thinly sliced Berkshire ham, and Yerba Buena (a herb) hollandaise. If you don't mind a little pdf, here's the full brunch menu.23 Avenue A, (212) 529-2919, brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Clover Club: Speaking on condition of anonymity, a high-ranking source in the brunch department tells us that Clover Club in Carroll Gardens is doing the "best brunch in town." An elegant, Prohibition-era cocktail club by night, it's now brunch central on the weekends, with special drink pairings to go with Chef Craig RIvard's edibles. Their "liquid brunch" menu is still under the radar, which could be a good sign, but Daily Candy says options include a Detricotta pancake and an oyster po’ boy. 210 Smith Street, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.