Brunch is hot. Many New Yorkers love Brunch. They are always asking me where they should go. I've had some fabulous brunches in NYC, from elegant and fancy to drunk and boozy. Last month I had three brunches that were all fab.
The Smith Midtown, sister restaurant to The Smith in the East Village (a crowd favorite), is the perfect Midtown brunch joint. It's always crowded, but they know what they are doing here. It's a "go-to" brunch that delivers.
Potato waffle benedict ($16), with a spinach and caramelized onion sauce is pretty good. Vanilla bean French toast ($15) with maple butter and caramelized bananas is out of this world, fabulosity! Pair everything with a free bloody mary, and you're set for the day.
Kingswood, the Australian hot spot in the West Village, serves a great brunch too. Start your meal off with some homemade banana bread and an avocado toast. Both are delicious. Eggs Benedict here comes with roasted zucchini and a paprika hollandaise, and is a perfect and tasty dish.
Barbounia, the Mediterranean joint on Park Avenue South, serves an excellent brunch too. Start with some of their great homemade and fresh bread, and then order a trio of their meze to dip it in. My baked eggs with tomato sauce, paprika, garlic, and homemade lamb sausage, had great flavor and spice, and was splendid. Dessert should not be skipped here too. A Valrhona chocolate fondant was fab, but what blew my mind was Barbounia's Silan dessert. Shredded halva, date-honey, almonds,pistachios, rice crispy brittle, and milk-caramelized coffee gelato, was one of the most memorable desserts I've had in some time. True Awesomeness!
So go get your Brunch on, everyone's favorite weekend meal.
The Smith Midtown
956 2nd Avenue (at 51st St.)
New York, NY 10022
121 West 10th St (and Greenwich Ave)
New York, NY 10011
250 Park Avenue South (at 20th St.)
New York, NY 10003