I really like going for brunch when I’m in NYC. Unfortunately so does the rest of the city… But there are so many good brunch spots to choose from all over and if you book or come decently early it’s usually not a problem. Here are a few of my favorite discoveries in the East Village.
Mudspot – prix fix brunch at 18.50 USD with a mimosa (or orange juice), half decent black coffee in an enamel mug and a main dish. Cozy, tight and dark café setting. Sit at the very narrow seats at the counter, in the cozy, dark middle part or in the lighter back area. My sister got the Huevos Rancheros (pictured on top) which oddly enough do not come with saucy beans but still taste great. I really like the pressed avocado sandwich with Mexican cheese and home fries. French toast looked delicious too.
Miss Lilly’s Jerk Shack – just fabulous Jamaican diner with the best brunch of this trip. I didn’t get to drink but the 1-hour-free-refill rum punch (or mimosa or spicy bloody mary) at 15 USD made for very happy company. Tasty too, but could not compete with my Jamaican Breakfast. Ackee and saltfish was a delicious “scramble” with sautéed callalo, festivals and plantains. I’ll admit I had to ask what half of it was but it was sooooo good! The Jamaican Huevos Rancheros were great too, as were the Jerk Fries. Yum! Great atmosphere as well as friendly, efficient service (thanks Freddy!).
In nearby SOHO, Maman (mentioned in the café post) also makes a nice brunch. Fresh, not heavy, with great coffee, baked goods and quiches. Thought trough interior design and great canelets. French chatter from the bakery.
Are you jonesing for fried chicken after a big night out? Root&Bone has just the cure. Their crispy free-range “bucket of bird” with tabasco honey is a good way to start the day. Come ravenous. The buckwheat waffles with cheddar and whiskey maple syrup require space. Space – something this spot is low on on a weekend. Come before opening if you don’t want to wait in line.
Works at night too… Though I must say, my favorite Chicken&Waffles (a very odd, very american combo) are still served at Sweet Chick on Ludlow St. I’ve been here in the evening as they know their cocktails but hey, if you want a Lynchburg Lemonade at noon on a Saturday, who am I to judge? Great pancakes and egg dishes too. Nice location in SoHo.
Are you a fan of dumplings for brunch? I am. My go-to-spot in NYC for classic dumplings, served by waiters who don’t always speak english and where the crowd is a mix of Chinese families out for brunch, hung over hipsters and the occasional tourist is Oriental Garden. It’s cheap (most dumpling places are), quick and yummy.
This should be enough to get your weekend started. Though a bit old, you can also have a look at my post on an excellent brunch place across the bridge!