Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Brunch in New York City

Brunch has become one of my favorite pastimes in New York. Every Sunday morning, after allowing ourselves lengthy slumber, my roommates and I have made a point to go to brunch together. The three of us roll out of bed and into sundresses before walking to our newest brunch-spot, where we’re greeted with menus that make each brunch feel both effortless and exquisite.

Among our favorites from the past two months were these five brunch-spots, which made our Sunday mornings feel celebratory—even if we were only rejoicing each other’s company.

100 W. Houston Street
An adorable bistro tucked into the West Village, Jane is a standout for brunch with girlfriends. Everything about Jane feels feminine: from the banana nut French toast (highly recommended) to the sweet décor, it’s the perfect place to take girlfriends on a Sunday. Bonus: brunch entrées come with a complimentary cocktail.
Best for: brunch cocktails

The Dutch
131 Sullivan Street
The Dutch is a definite crowd-pleaser: situated in the heart of SoHo, this go-to spot serves literally everything. While we opted for faithful brunch standbys—goat-cheese and summer squash omelette, whole-grain waffle with strawberries, and maple-pecan granola with their homemade yogurt—the table beside us enjoyed a full-on oyster platter and champagne. The philosophy at The Dutch truly seems to be “to each his own.”
Best for: oysters and omlettes

Back Forty
190 Avenue B #1
Spacious and sweetly decorated, Back Forty features a farm-to-table menu that won’t disappoint. We were initially drawn for their brioche French toast (which I ordered), but soon discovered that their baked granola and brisket were also exemplary.
Best for: French toast

The Smith
55 Third Avenue
This airy restaurant is the brother to Jane, so it offers the same delectable brunch—but with a masculine twist. Rather than a complimentary cocktail, you’ll sip a fresh-squeezed juice; instead of fluffy French toast, opt for eggs benedict with their mouthwatering home fries. It’s roomy, but tables fill up quickly, so it’s best to make a reservation.
Best for: classic eggs benedict

54 E. 1st Street
This tiny bistro sticks out from the street for its magenta accents—you’ll find them everywhere from the pages of the menu to the upholstery. Since Prune doesn’t take reservations for small parties, the restaurant holds a steady waiting crowd from 11 a.m. onward (pro-tip: arrive closer to 10 a.m. for a surefire seat). Still, Prune is well worth the wait: from their spicy stewed chickpeas to their peppery take on huevos rancheros, Prune makes for a wholly satisfying meal. We returned twice, since Kelsey and Allison were craving their knockout Bloody Marys. Curiously, there are no prunes on the menu.
Best for: spicy Bloody Marys

Written by Arielle Pardes, University of Pennsylvania, Martha Stewart Living
Edited by Kristin Canning, Wartburg College, SELF

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