Brunch. What a lovely word. Rolls right off the tip of your tongue, You can whisper it, you can shout it, you can say it drunk, you can say it however you want. Eggs, greens, pancakes, waffles - you can have them all. Why is brunch the best meal? Because you can roll out of bed after a long night out and enjoy a hearty meal to cure your hangover. You can dress up in pearls and pastels and start your girls' day out there. You can and see if they prefer waffles or pancakes.
New York City is especially abundant when it comes to brunch; small or big, budget-friendly or wallet-deflating. Throughout the months we tried out a couple and here are out thoughts. All of the places we mentioned are around Soho, and if you have any recommendations please leave them in the comments below so that we can try them out!
- 80 Spring St
The Beckham family's go-to place in the city, this exquisite French restaurant serves breakfast to late-night dinners all day long. We came upon it one day, we were just out and about, when we saw this huge crowd of people blocking the streets. Annoyed, we tried to push through the crowd, and little did we know that we would "run into" Victoria, David, and Brooklyn in all their glory. It was a beautiful moment. (See our super blurry paparazzi photos below) Allegedly the Beckhams always come here after Victoria's fashion show, so maybe if you camp here in February and September you'd score a seat next to them. A week later, we got ourselves a table at the restaurant. The service was impeccable despite the place being super crowded and loud, and the food came very quickly. Our orders of eggs florentine and eggs benefit were fairly small portioned, and, well, they tasted fine. The dishes were good, just not amazing - it's expensive for how little they give you, but we'd say it was worth the experience.
The Butcher's Daughter
- 19 Kenmare St
Walk into the café and you are surrounded by plants. I'm not saying two pots of cactus over here and another two over there. You are literally surrounded by plants. Just imagine having brunch inside a greenhouse, that's how The Butcher's Daughter is. Prices are typical for New York brunches, and the food is very tasty too. Their star products are the juices, which did not disappoint at all. Perfectly balanced with sweetness, you can often find unusual ingredients like cactus and yuzu in them. We highly recommend the carrot one!
- 185 Bleecker St
Pretty sure every blogger has posted a instagram here. This cute little spot dedicated to serving vegan dishes never fails to have a line that wraps around the corner. Their most famous menu item is the $5 coconut water served in coconuts, which often run out by early afternoon, so be sure to snatch them while you can. The cinnamon espresso cookie was fantastic, and also the size of my face.
Clinton St. Baking Company
- 4 Clinton St
Another brunch spot has always has a long wait (tfw you try to brunch in the city). The diner-style interior is quaint and cute, but the diner-style service is not so. Maybe it's because of its popularity and the insane amount of people that dine there, the place seems understaffed, and those who were there seemed stressed and not the most attentive. That being said, they do have fantastic pancakes, their signature item, fluffy and buttery. Be ware, despite how fancy it looks and how expensive it is, this place is cash-only.
The Half Pint
- 76 W 3rd St
Typically we know The Half Pint as one of the unofficial bars of NYU, being literally right next door to campus with a wonderful selection of beer. Who knew that the place also serves a mean bottomless brunch? Come for endless refills of mimosas (they do have a 90 minutes time limit) and a very affordable food menu. Be warned, it's the $18 add-on for bottomless glasses that makes the whole meal expensive, so if you're on a budget just come and chill with yummy $11 eggs benny.
Jack's Wife Freda
- 50 Carmine St
The funny thing about this place is that it always, undoubtedly, with 100% certainty, has a 2-hour waiting line. After several unsuccessful attempts at the Soho location, we turned our hopes to the West Village location on a Monday, and in the doors we went. We ordered the green shakshuka, one of the most popular and most photographed dish of the restaurant's, and a smoked salmon smashed avocado toast. The food was delicious, and quite affordable for how instagram-famous the restaurant is. The whole ambience was cute and cozy, and the bill even came with a pretty little postcard! Although everything tasted fantastic, it didn't blow us away. Perhaps we have built up our expectations from the long lines we pass by and the number of times we've been turned away.
- 371 Broome St
We found this cute little spot after being rejected from a dozen brunch places with massive waits, and little did we know that we were about to step into one of the cutest restaurants in Soho. Honestly, one of the best feelings is when you randomly stumble upon something and it turns out to be awesome. The whole place was lit by warm industrial Edison style light bulbs and softened by fresh flowers, and staff was very friendly. The food was a tad bit on the salty side but I'd definitely go back for the eggs over chorizos. Did I mention they also have an awesome selection of pastries and sweets?
- 390 Bromme St
Not your traditional eggs benny kinda brunch but definitely worth a visit. Seamore's specializes in seafood dishes, and you can construct your own using their base recipes and add on your favourite seafoods from their daily catch selection. We ordered a scallop salad and fish tacos and oh dear. The scallops were seared perfectly, bouncy and juicy and sweet, and the fish tacos were fresh and full of flavours.
These are just a very few of the thousands of fantastic brunch spots around the city. There are many more on our never-ending list, so be sure to check back for more food diaries!