Spring (or is it summer yet?) has finally sprung in New York City, which means its brunch season. With both indoor and outdoor options, there are so many new and delicious daytime weekend menus to check out. There are also a ton of revamped selections, guaranteed to get you out of the house on Saturday and Sunday mornings (or, let’s be honest, early- to mid-afternoons). Here are a few suggestions of where to go and what to eat for brunch for the nice-weather months:
Cafe Clover’s new brunch service debuted earlier this month. With both classic and signature cocktails like the Five Story (muddled mint, lime, agave, Ron Zacapa, and prosecco), Chef David Standridge’s menu includes delicious options using newly popular ingredients to recreate breakfast classics. Try the Quinoa Pancake with Baked apples and Barrel Aged Syrup or Poached Farm Eggs with a Spaghetti Squash Chia Rosti, Market Greens and a Classic béarnaise or herb vinaigrette.
Bara, a new restaurant by Chef Ian Alvarez, launched its brunch menu on May 16 in the East Village hot spot. Alvarez is responsible for Momofuku and French Louie. Known for its seamless blend of French wine bar cuisine and Japanese izakaya, this brunch menu is sure to impress your brunch-loving friends!
Ian offers dishes that perfectly articulate seasonal ingredients and his version of French/Japanese tavern fare, including:
Roasted vegetable and mixed grains: preserved lemon, grilled socca bread, sabayon, and local greens
Flatiron steak: served with a fried egg on top and Bara’s homemade worchestershire sauce
Does Chef’s Club ring a bell to you? It is Food & Wine’s innovative restaurant with locations in NYC and Aspen and is popping up with a brunch of its own as of this past Sunday. Its mission is to showcase amazing signature dishes from world famous chefs, selected by Dana Cowin each year. This year’s brunch menu contributors include Chefs Erik Anderson, Gabriel Rucker and Lachnan Mackinnon-Patterson, creating dishes alongside Chefs Club culinary Director Didier Elena.
Some examples of what’s to come includes:
Fried chicken with buttermilk biscuits and habanero honey - from Chef Erik Anderson of Nashville’s The Catbird Seat
Duck hash with caramelized onions and poached egg - from Chef Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon in Portland
Dutch Baby with lemon ricotta and blueberries
Bucatini alla Carbonara with smoked guanciale, red onion, Hudson Valley egg yolk, and pecorino ginepro - from Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson of Boulder’s Fracsa Food and Wine
Short rib sandwich with arugula pistou and foie gras - from Chef Erik Anderson of Nashville’s The Catbird Seat
Looking for a roof to enjoy your meal and what’s left of the weekend? Look no further than Gallow Green at The McKittrick Hotel. The hotel re-opened its popular rooftop bar and lounge for the summer. Sunday brunch is filled with classic favorites and the location is perfect for a walk down High Line to work off those calories you just drank, ahem, I mean ate.
Seafood for breakfast? Barchetta says go for it! The Italian seafood trattoria from Chef Dave Pasternack and LDV Hospitality has just started offering bottomless brunch, only $18 for unlimited cocktails with the price of an entrée for 2 hours.
For those who prefer to drink their breakfast, Cherry Izakaya has your fix. Izakayas are Japanese taverns, designed as a drinking house with menus of small dishes for snacking; Cherry Izakaya’s brunches fit the bill. $20 gets you bottomless drinks for up to 1 and ½ hours. And with creative large and small plates to eat alone or share, this brunch will definitely be a step out of the ordinary.
Mathieu Palombino’s of Motorino’s newest French brasserie, LaGamelle, brings a classy take to the classic brunch. On Saturday and Sunday, you and your friends can don your fanciest daytime attire and dine on dishes like Eggs Benedict or Florentine, Eggs Norveggienne with smoked salmon, hollandaise and served with pommes sautés, and classic French dishes like Croque Madame, Croque Monsieur or even Steak Frites, from 11 AM-4 PM.