Society Cafe is unassuming and easy to miss if you're not paying attention. But if you go through the entrance of The Walker Hotel past the wood burning fireplace in the lobby, you'll find yourself in this gorgeous chic restaurant somewhat reminiscent of the retro 70s with navy blue booths and minimalist leather bound seats. Since I had my bridesmaids brunch reveal at Society Cafe, we were able to enjoy the gorgeous rays of sunshine that peers through the greenhouse ceiling glass which made for an intimate and warm brunch. During brunch service the coffee is nonstop already making it a great way to begin your morning. The brunch menu contains some classics like goat cheese frittata and eggs florentine but you should feel brave enough to wander the menu because it's all so delicious! The mushroom flatbread with creme fraiche comes with generous amount of mushrooms but is light enough so you can order that stack of pancakes which, you must! The olive oil pancakes were a standout dish for me. You can smell the aroma of warm olive oil and fresh creme as soon as the plate is presented to the table. Each pancake is fluffy, flavorful and perfectly soaks up the syrup. I loved every minute of brunch at Society Cafe. I'm looking forward to coming back to review the rest of the items on the menu!
Bar Virage is the restaurant that every neighborhood in NYC needs. The friendly service, delicious food and consistent coffee refill during brunch are all things you can depend on here. You'll also fall in love with the giant bar that encompasses the center of the room where you'll find East Villagers during happy hour and the floor to ceiling windows that are made for people watching. My favorite time to come here is for brunch when you can score bottomless mimosas, nibble on the complimentary blueberry muffins and use your pita bread to scoop every last bit of the delicious tangy shakshuka. After your first visit to Bar Virage you will fast discover why you'll return here over and over again.
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1. Labne- The olive oil and seasoning on the labne is delicious. It's tangy with a little kick from the za'atar which is how I like to eat this dish.
2. Shakshuka- I LOVED this dish! The tomatoes were tangy, the goat cheese was a great addition to the dish and the combination worked together really well. This is a very comfort food kind of plate.
3. Virage Rancheros- The scrambled eggs with the beans were lovely. If you add a little bit of the salsa verde in your bite you'll discover hints of spiciness.
You may have thought that brunch is solely reserved for egg benedicts, bagel with lox, shakshuka and BLTs but Bessou, a new Japanese eatery on Bleecker Street is changing the game. Bessou which means "home away from home", will make you feel at home as soon as you step through the door and into an oasis that is lined with art, books, well spaced seating and bright lights. Oh and that delicious smell of sweet curry coming from the kitchen only adds to the feeling of home. The menu features all Japanese comfort food, a deceivingly strong sake milk cocktail and even a matcha babka! The nuanced Japanese influence on each dish adds to the flavor and gives it an extra edge. For that one or two hours you spend in Bessou you'll forget you're still in NYC and not Japan.
Everything here is SO good. I cannot wait to come back here and hopefully mark it as one of my regular brunch spots. Next time I'll be ordering the babka!
Hearth recently revamped its menu to include lighter yet still delicious Italian inspired cuisine. Hearth delivers on what we all imagine brunch to be- wholesome, hearty and strong cocktails. The space is large, inviting and the servers will always warmly greet you. Instead of the craziness of a line or not being able to move your arms in a trendy brunch spot you can take your time here and slowly devour that french toast without worrying that your server will look at you funny. All the food here hits the top mark and will remind you of the richness of an Italian restaurant without making you feel overly full. Now that is a balance we all want to achieve. You can eat well at Hearth and still have enough energy to conquer the rest of your weekend.
It's really hard to pick a dish since I really enjoyed them all. My strong recommendation is that you order the apple cider donut holes which are pillowy and will bring back the nostalgia of eating munchkins when you were 5 years old but only so so so so much better!