the brunch bunch

see where we'll be enjoying our eggs over easy this easter sunday
April 06, 2012  |   column: DELIBERATE POLISH

oven-fresh biscuits. stacks of fluffy flapjacks with a pat of butter. a bloody maria spiked with tequila and pickled jalapenos. we, like most other new yorkers, live for brunch come weekend afternoons, so just in time for easter sunday, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite brunch spots in the city. so hop to it—gather up a fun bunch and get your eggs and mimosas on this weekend.


at the parker meridien

119 west 56th street

*best brunch classics—with a modern twist

sure, norma’s at the parker meridien may be famous for a $1,000 frittata—it’s bedecked with 10g caviar!—but we’re fans of their more casual (yet equally as decadent) dishes, such as the rock lobster omelet or their berry brioche french toast.

*bonus: enjoy a shot of fresh smoothie as soon as you take your seat, on the house.


282 bowery

*best sausage, egg and cheese… pizza

our go-to spot whenever we’re craving classic thin crust, pulinos’ egg-topped pizza always hits the spot on a weekend afternoon. baked in a wood-burning oven with balthazar bakery’s famous “mother” dough, our favorite is the patate—a savory mix of eggs, potatoes, sausage and mozzarella.

*bonus: wash it down with the perfect bloody mary—take your pick from four on the menu: classic (with horseradish, celery salt—the works), mediterranean (with muddled olives), swedish mari (featuring karlsson’s vodka) and a tequila-based bloody maria (spiked with adobo sauce and pickled jalapeno juice).


325 bowery

*best comfort food fix

the vibe at peels feels like you’re dining in your grandmother’s sun-drenched kitchen, and with comfort classics such as hush puppies, biscuits and gravy and greenmarket apple pie dotting the menu, it tastes a lot like it, too.

*bonus: our favorite dish is the peel’s chef salad, but we like to swap the roasted chicken for their signature fried variety.


380 lafeyette

*best dim sum

chinatown brasserie, a swanky downtown spot where you’ll find the best soup dumplings outside of shanghai, is the perfect place to get your dim sum fix. enjoy the peking duck and a slew of other sharable dishes with a big group for fun family-style dining.

bonus: now that the weather is warmer, snag a table al fresco. located on the corner of lafeyette and great jones, it makes for one of the best people-watching eateries on the island.


120 hudson street

*best for indulging your inner kid

whether you’re in the mood for something sweet (wild bluberry pancakes served with a mound of brown sugar) or something savory (crispy monte cristo sandwich, anyone?) head to bubby’s for whatever craving. this stroller-friendly spot has been a tribeca staple since the early 90s (jfk jr. and caroline bessette were regulars), and boast the lightest, must luscious sour cream pancakes in all five boroughs.

*bonus: top off your meal with a sweet slice of bubby’s award-winning pie. (our favorite is a toss up between their michigan sour cherry and banana cream pie.)

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