A Weekend in New York City: the Brunches

New York City is, arguably, the birthplace of brunch as we know it, and as such, on a weekend trip there, it is more than socially acceptable to enjoy it every day of your visit. In honour of mine and the City’s love affair with this meal, today’s edition of my ‘A Weekend in New York City’ series will delve into this, the Big Apple’s biggest obsession: Brunch. I’ll be counting down my three absolute favourite spots you need to make a beeline for over any weekend spent in the City.
Jack’s Wife Freda
224 Lafayette Street

Jack’s Wife Freda is my number one favourite brunch place in Manhattan hands down. When we visited in the summertime the doors were flung open, letting in the sun’s rays and a gentle summer’s breeze while I sipped on the perfect little Cantaloupe Mimosa ($12). This was just the start to my first idyllic and lazy New York Summer’s morning. When I eventually put my mimosa down, I tucked into Jack’s Breakfast ($22), which consisted of two eggs, cooked to my preference (poached) accompanying a perfectly grilled skirt steak, grilled tomatoes, potatoes and a lovely hunk of sourdough. While on the other side of the table the somewhat healthier sounding, poached eggs with grilled tomatoes and Halloumi ($13) was ordered.Must Try: Go all out and try a classic american steak ‘n’ eggs: Jack’s Breakfast.

380 Lafayette Street
Lafayette makes a simply wonderful backdrop for Sunday brunch. In the simplest terms Lafayette is a French brasserie, but its combination of wonderfully high ceilings and cosy booths that sit alongside floor to ceiling windows manage to create a sense to relaxed luxury, as the sun streams in over the buzz of the breakfast crowd. When I visited I chose to have the Omelette with brie and mushrooms ($21), which was packed full of juicy, flavoursome mushrooms and gooey brie, while still remaining a lighter way to start the day. Across the table, my boyfriend opted for the lemon pancakes with fresh berries ($20) which, from the piece I snuck, were light, fluffy and not overpoweringly lemony. To drink I, in stereotypically British fashion, chose a little pot of Earl Grey.Must Try: Whatever you have, grab some Pommes de Rôtisserie on the side, you won’t regret it.

120 Hudson Street

Bubby’s is everything I love in a brunch spot: casual and cosy, with the sort of decor that has the eye constantly surveying the room, drawn to different bits and bobs. It also helps that they have a pretty killer menu and wonderfully large American portions. Whilst there I found myself drawn to the Griddle Special ($19) which consisted of one big thick, fluffy buttermilk pancake topped with bacon and two eggs. I had my eggs sunny side up with a touch of maple syrup, I also added a cheeky pork sausage on the side ($6).

Must Try: The wonderfully rich hot chocolate or the homemade buttermilk biscuits with jam and butter ($6 for 2).

Whether you’re a pressed-for-time weekend visitor to New York City or a through and through New Yorker, these are the spots that I think simply need to be on your list.

Please feel free to send any other recommendations you may have my way, as while I don’t have any trips planned at the moment, I’m sure that with the right suggestion I could easily be convinced…

​Love, Sophia x

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