Brunch is like church in NYC. Every Saturday or Sunday we gather with our loved ones over pomegranate mimosas, eggs, toasted bread with butter and coffee to talk about the weekend and what we're looking forward to the coming week. Choosing where to brunch is critical; the atmosphere has to be conducive for a great time. This means great food, stellar service and strong drinks. 12 Chairs Cafe not only checks the boxes for a great brunch spot but, it kicks it up a serious notch.
1. Lamb kebabs- I've never had tastier lamb kebabs than the ones I've had at 12 Chairs. The lamb was moist, seasoned well, not smelly (so important!) and paired really well with the tahini. I recommend dipping your pita into the tahini and making a mini sandwich with the lamb kebabs.
2. Labneh- The consistency of the labneh with za'atar with olive oil is a lot like greek yogurt. It is creamy and can adapt well to other strong spices (like the za'atar). Spread the olive oil and za'atar as you eat the labneh because that is the best way to enjoy all the flavors of the dish. I ate an entire pita with just that.
3. Shakshuka- This shakshuka is the best I've had in NYC. The spicy Moroccan tomato sauce is what makes the difference for me. Usually the tomato sauce in shakshuka is too tangy but at 12 Chairs the sauce is well spiced and cuts the tanginess. The feta which sits on top of the poached eggs melts as you cut into the yolk and makes for the perfect bite.
I cannot recommend 12 Chairs Cafe enough. Not only is the food beyond your average brunch food but you can taste the authenticness of these Middle Eastern recipes- it will remind you of your mom's cooking. I can't wait to come back here for more food, more conversations and most importantly... more lamb kebabs.