Where DevoLT Wants to Eat Brunch in 2011
Just thinking about brunch makes my mouth water, even if I just ate! I ate brunch at a lot of awesome places in 2010, but I’m already thinking ahead…to where I want to eat in 2011! Because I live in NYC and I’m not sure where my travels will take me this year I’m going to limit this list to places based in New York. Here they are, in no particular order:
1. The Breslin
After eating lunch here in 2010 and checking out their brunch menu I’ve been dying to come back one weekend and try things like Pumpkin Pancakes with Spiced Butter and Pecan and Poached Eggs with Curried Lentils, Yogurt and Cilantro. Chef April Bloomfield is as inventive as one can be while still making yummy, soothing food.
2. Red Rooster
Star chef Marcus Samuelsson’s restaurant finally opened in December 2010 to much fanfare. The dinner menu looks delicious and starting this weekend they will begin serving brunch. Count me in!
3. ABC Kitchen
2010 was a banner year for Jean Georges Vongerichten, with the opening of this restaurant inside ABC Home, as well as The Mark at the Mark Hotel. ABC Kitchen is his farm-to-table inspired restaurant, and I have been dying to try their brunch, which has items like Glazed Doughnuts with Housemade Jam and French Toast with Roasted Apples lurking on the menu, along with all of their lunch items.
This Southern-influenced newcomer was an instant hit last year, but was then sidelined by a fire for several months. But they are back in business, and their brunch menu is like a siren call to me. Their egg sandwich is described thusly: “croissant, manchego, brussels sprouts and sriracha” with an option to add bacon. Who can resist that? Other dishes include Smoked Trout and an Apple Salad with fuji apple, escarole, treviso, blue cheese, fennel and pecans. Hello!
5. Prime Meats
My husband is obsessed with soft boiled eggs and constantly bemoans the fact that they are so hard to find in restaurants. Well, Prime Meats has it on their menu and he will have to judge if it is done properly. This latest addition to the Frankie’s Spuntino family also has some delicious sounding baked goods on their menu, like Apricot Danish, Stout Cake, Olive Oil Cake, and Pretzel Braid. Hell yes.
Dajeh is a neighborhood Caribbean joint in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn and is walking distance from my apartment–huzzah! Their authentic menu includes Latin Eggs (two scrambled eggs served with fried plantains, salad and spicy Chorizo sausage), The Tr’Indian Roti (roti skin stuffed with chicken or veggies & chickpeas), Bake & Buljol (marinated, chilled saltfish salsa, lightly spiced with sea salt, peppers and onions, drizzled with olive oil and served with fluffy coconut bake), and Bacalao Potato Cakes (Three cakes of salted bacalao, blended with potatoes and freshly chopped herbs & spices,deep-fried to a golden brown crisp, served with guacamole and fried green plantains). I’m looking forward to this when I want some ethnic comfort food close to home.
Anella opened last year in Greenpoint and has been getting some solid reviews. Their Tomato Omelet sounds delectable (“House Made Mozarella, Tomato Confit, Fresh Herbs, Crispy Potatoes”) as does their Ricotta Fritatta with “Creamy Ricotta Cheese, Wilted Spinach, and Black Pepper.” Plus their French toast is served with “Roasted Strawberries, Toasted Pecans, and Maple Syrup” and their Smoked White Fish Salad (“House Smoked Fish, Soft Boiled Egg, Capers and Shallots, Crispy Potatoes”) sounds truly special.
Kevin’s is a popular spot near the water in Red Hook, known for great seafood and a great brunch. Sounds perfect, right? Their menu changes with what’s available, but last week they had dishes like The Adirondack: poached eggs with hollandaise on challah, side of fresh trout or Max Creek smoked trout with horseradish cream and Cornflake-crusted Challah French Toast with maple syrup. I know, I can’t stop drooling either.
Jesse Schenker’s latest outpost, Recette, opened in the West Village in 2010 to rave reviews, including two stars from the New York Times, and it seems like a cozy and somewhat humble venture albeit one with delicious food. Schenker even hired Christina Lee, formerly of Per Se, to do the pastries. Therefore I assume one can’t go wrong with her Pecan Cocoa Nib Brownie, Carrot Cake, and Orange Almond Cake, which are all on the brunch menu, along with main dishes including Burrata Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Romesco & Basil and PB&J “Pain Perdue,” Earl Grey Milk Jam, Fresh Strawberries. Yum.
1o. Colicchio & Sons
Tom Colicchio converted his CraftSteak in the Meatpacking District to this new incarnation last year. The more casual Tap Room serves brunch and it sounds mighty satisfying: Carolina Rice Johnny Cake with Duck Confit Poached Eggs and Redeye Gravy, Ricotta Field Mushroom Frittata with Wildflower Honey and Arugula, and Toad in the Hole with Sweet Piperade and Spicy Tomatomaple Marmalade are just a few of the dishes I’d like to try.
It’s embarrassing that I’ve never been to this New York City institution, now located in the Essex Street Market, but I have to admit that I’m intimidated: by the tales of Kenny Shopsin’s moodiness and by the menu itself which has approximately 9,000 items on it. Seriously. There are whole articles trying to demystify it and help you figure out what to order, because if you don’t know, Shopsin won’t be happy. But I’m going to power through my fears this year because from what I’ve heard, the food is amazing. Bread Pudding French Toast, Mac & Cheese Pancakes, and Garden Crouton Country Scramble anyone?
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