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Best Brunches of 2010

As the end of 2010 comes near we here at TNJ have decided to look back on our Top 10 Brunches we had this year. These aren’t necessarily new places that opened in 2010, these are just places we enjoyed eating at this past year. Without further ado:

10. Maialino
2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY (212) 777-2410

The runny yolky goodness inside the Raviolo al Uovo at Mailino

The latest restaurant in the Danny Meyer empire, Maialino offers a solid brunch in lovely surroundings, with the stellar service Meyer’s restaurants are known for. The pastries are delicious and the gigantic Raviolo al Uovo is pretty spectacular. For a more detailed review click here.

9. Get Fresh Market Table
370 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215-3399 (718) 360-8469

Slowly becoming a Park Slope staple, Get Fresh Market Table is located across the street from Perch but serves a larger range of breakfast fare. Highly recommended is their Egg Sandwich, which is served on a sweet brioche with farmstead cheese.

8. Chinese Breakfast at No. 1 East Restaurant
4127 Main St Flushing, NY 11355 (718) 460-8686

Savory Soy Milk at No.1 East Restaurant

If you are ready to try something different, venture out to Queens and try the savory soy milk, radish su bing, and crullers. You won’t be disappointed. Read a more detailed review here.

7. Miriam
79 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY (718) 622-2250

Miriam is a true brunch classic that we will never get tired of. An Israeli-style breakfast is a unique thing in Brooklyn, so Miriam stands out among the masses. Try the Israeli Breakfast with eggs, pita, Israeli salad, and labne, the Burekas, or the Mediterranean Crispy Dough.

6. Chavella’s
732 Classon Avenue Brooklyn, NY (718) 622-3100

Located in Prospect Heights, this small restaurant serves Mexican classics like Chilaquiles, Huevos Rancheros, Omelet de Nopales, and breakfast tacos. Each meal starts with a basket of delicious Mexican pastries and only gets better from there.

5. Hundred Acres
38 MacDougal Street New York, NY (212) 475-7500

Hundred Acres is one of those places that you think of immediately when you remember a delicious brunch that you had. Owned by the same people who own Cookshop and Five Points, the brunch is generally American fare with some twists, such as the delicious Chilaquiles. They offer Warm Cream Biscuits, Ricotta Fritters, or Glazed Buttermilk Cake Donuts to start. You will not leave hungry.

4. Southport Grocery
3552 N. Southport Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 665-0100

"The Cupcake" Pancake at Southport Grocery

Every time TNJ is in Chicago we make going here a priority. Their brunch dishes are not only creative, but supremely delicious. And the decor and market are adorable to boot. For a more detailed review click here.

3. Tartine Bakery
600 Guerrero Street San Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 487-2600

The Morning Buns at Tartine

Tartine is a bit of an exception, because it is mostly a bakery with a ton of seating. A bakery that people wait in lines that often curve around the corner is guaranteed to be delicious. Being that it was my first time there, I went a little crazy and order the Morning Bun (a “grown up cinnamon bun” to quote JB), the Double Pain Au Chocolate (gooey and delicious chocolate), and the Buttermilk Scone with Currants. These weren’t just for me, I promise, but they were certainly devoured.

2. good
89 Greenwich Avenue New York, NY 10014 (212) 691-8080

Banana Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast at good

Their Banana Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast is out of this world, and they have solid drinks and egg dishes as well. A great choice if you’re in the West Village, and even worth traveling for. For a more detailed review click here.

1. Locanda Verde
377 Greenwich Street New York, NY 10013 (212) 925-3797

Pastries at Locanda Verde

This is our favorite place to go for “fancy brunch.” You’ll definitely spend a pretty penny for a full sit down brunch, but if you’re in the hood stop by the bakery counter and get a few snacks–you won’t be disappointed. For a more detailed review click here.

December 15, 2010 at 3:19 pm 1 comment

Eat This: Raviolo al Uovo at Maialino

Maialino is the newest restaurant from Danny Meyer, located in the Gramercy Park Hotel, serving  Roman-style food. After a delicious lunch there during restaurant week, complete with the excellent service Meyer’s restaurants are known for, I knew I had to come here for brunch. When a special occasion arose (my birthday!), I pounced.

Cornetto at Maialino

The decor is Italian rustic with a nice bar area and plenty of tables. With our stomachs empty we decided to start with an appetizer of some pastries. We got the cornetto (glazed croissant) and the bombolini con crema (doughnuts with cream). Both were pretty fabulous, although I wish they had a regular croissant on the menu to tone down the sugar (the other choice is chocolate).

Bombolini at Maialino

Yummy cream filling in the bombolini at Maialino

For our entrees my husband had the Uova al Contadino, which is poached eggs on top of zucchini, corn, and pecorino.  It was light and tasty, but pretty simple–one of those dishes you feel like you can easily make at home.

Poached Eggs with Zuccini, Corn, and Pecornino

I had the Raviolo al Uovo which is one gigantic ravioli filled with egg yolk, ricotta, and sage. My husband and I have a running joke that whenever you order ravioli at a restaurant, the fancier the place is the fewer raviolis you will get. And yes, sometimes they are larger than usual, but it is still never enough to fill him up.

Raviolo al Uovo at Maialino

The runny yolky goodness inside the Raviolo al Uovo

Well, since this was only one ravioli, large as it was, it definitely takes the cake for smallest ravioli portion ever. Now, this is brunch, not dinner, so I didn’t need four of these babies. but at least two would have been nice, especially at $14. And especially because it was so tasty–I wanted more!

Sorbet and Gelato

Since we weren’t full we decided to get some sorbet and gelato for dessert, which was nice and refreshing.

I can’t help but compare Maialino to Locanda Verde: both upscale, gourmet Italian restaurants in NYC, and I must say, Locanda Verde definitely wins. While everything at Maialino was tasty and the service was excellent, for the price you definitely get more at Locanda Verde, plus nobody can beat their pastries!

September 9, 2010 at 3:11 pm 2 comments


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