London has the infamous full english, Rome has espresso and a brioche, but New York has the ultimate, the king of all breakfasts: the brunch.
My travels have taken me far and wide, but never have I encountered a better brunch than in New York. Many New Yorkers have “brunch pride,” and there’s a good reason for it, hence:
1. Brunch typically starts around 11am, and can go until 4:30pm!
2. Brunch is one meal that can take the place of three meals
3. Cocktails at brunch are not uncommon- mimosa’s and bloody mary’s are most popular
4. Brunch consists of the best food groups (eggs, toast, pastry, fruit, home fries, and sometimes whipped cream)
5. There’s nothing better to cure a hangover
Recently, I have brunched at three restaurants in Brooklyn; Roberta’s (Bushwick), Fabiane’s (Williamsburg) and Chez Oskar (Fort Greene). I loved the laid-back-french-bohemian atmosphere at Chez Oscar, thought the eggs were perfect at Roberta’s, but was a little disappointed with the lack of creativity at Fabiane’s.
Roberta’s is a haven in my neighborhood, as we have a severe lack of restaurants in general. This Bushwick brunch spot is immensely popular, as the menu is tasty, organic, and inventive. I enjoyed my meal complete with mimosa, and my only regret was that I didn’t take a box of their sticky buns home.
Chez Oskar is sunny, funny, and French. Their eggs benedict did not disappoint- neither did the coffee. My girlfriends and I had a fantastic time and would go back again soon (though a bit earlier, as it took awhile to be seated).
Fabiane’s had European style cappuccino, but their brunch menu was bland. I had the baked eggs with feta cheese and tomato, which tasted ok, but lacked presentation. Note to self: next time ditch the eggs, and go for the divine looking desserts in the gleaming case!
All in all, I always have a great time at brunch, and am happy to spend my dollars on delicious food, and a relaxing sunday afternoon experience. After all, it’s much harder to go to work on Monday, if you haven’t had a proper brunch on Sunday 🙂
My roommates (foodies) have generously shared more places for a Sunday bite below:
Clinton Street Baking Company