Monday, August 15, 2011

NYC Faves: Brunch

Having lived in New York City since I was 18-years-old, I've accumulated quite a few favorite places and activities. I love nothing more than when people love the things I love. (Well, actually I love nothing more than when people hate the things I hate. Like, can we talk about Kristen Dunst? Do I still have to keep pretending I like her? Ugh.) Anyway, I want to start sharing some of my NYC faves. I don't want all the time I invested eating, drinking and adventure-ing around the city to go to waste.


Brunch in New York is like an Olympic sport. These people are not joking around about their mid-morning greasy food fixes. I'm pretty conflicted about the whole thing, to be honest. I mean, I much prefer sleeping off my hangover from the comfort of my bed and ordering delivery at 3:00pm while watching Grey's Anatomy on Netflix. That's just straight up truth, there. But if I have to get out of bed on a Sunday morning, it's definitely going to be for some bomb ass breakfast food. My favorite of all favorite brunch spots in the city is Westville East, on Avenue A and 11th st. This is probably due in large part to the fact that it's within walking distance of my apartment. While convenience is definitely a huge part of it, the delish food doesn't hurt either. They serve bangin' American food with a semi-healthy conscious. My go-to is the egg-scramble. Perfect amount of grease that doesn't leave you with your head on the table and pants unbuttoned at the end of the meal. Other stellar dishes are the challah french toast, grilled cheese, and the granola and fresh fruit. Mmmmm I'm salivating.

My other go-to brunch spot in the city is Cafe Orlin. My friends Sarah and Liz actually turned me on to it and it has become a fave spot for all of our friends... and my mom. I took her last summer and she was so in love with it- she says they served her the best cappuccino of her life. (So like, best out of 5.) It's the sort of place that just feels like your own private New York. I don't know if that makes sense to you, but it's a thing in New York. Everything is so impersonal, a place that feels homey and special is a pretty big deal. Cafe Orlin is totally a place that feels like its my own little spot. Plus, the food is amaaaaaaze. I literally can't possibly explain how delicious their Pumpkin Pancakes with Cinnamon Yogurt are- it's like Autumn in your mouth. YUM. If you're not feeling the sweet action in the AM, the Huevos Rancheros and Fontina Cheese Omelet are both good choices.

Honorable mentions: Tre and The Pink Pony. Both totally satisfying brunch spots located on the Lower East Side.

I'm definitely going to miss brunch after my relocation. I'm pretty sure it exists in Ohio, but it won't be the same. I had my last NYC brunch this weekend and I'm already missing it.
Until next time...carmen


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