I think brunch may well be a New York institution and Berry and I managed to stumble (ok, iPhone google) the quintessential New York home to brunch, Brasserie located on 53rd. This was our destination pre MOMA and Berry couldn’t have chosen better.
This beautiful French, well, Brasserie is so New York that I half kept an eye out for Carrie with Mr Big, the Cashmere Mafia set, Blair Waldorf and the gossip girls. Upon entering we were ushered politely down the central glass staircase feeling incredibly sophisticated and to our awaiting table (we had a booking).
While waiting for CC to arrive we perused the menu and were brought a crusty French baguette with rich and totally Devine French butter.
Berry order a mimosa to kick start her day but I was finally feeling the effects of travel and stayed with sparkling water. Fear not dear readers, upon sighting the shops of 5th Avenue not long after I was packed with endorphins and ready to go. We three, as you so often do, all ordered eggs Benedict but to make matters confusing ordered it three different ways Salmon/ Canadian Bacon/ Spinach (yay the veggie option!).
Our meals didn’t take to long to arrive but allowed us plenty of time to people watch as friends, family and lovers all enjoyed breaking their fast on the beautiful Sunday morning. All three dishes were scrumptious and I loved that they serve the hollandaise on the side ensuring you are able to make it just the way you like it.The eggs came in a serving of three which the others enjoyed but was one too many for me and with delicious potato rostis as well.
This restaurant is sleek, elegant and sophisticated but has the magic of making you feel comfortable even though we were in an assortment of summer dresses, jeans and flip flops. If you are headed to NY for that big, glamorous (in the old fashioned sense) experience then I can’t recommend this place enough. They also do lunches and dinners and I can imagine on a weekday many a deal is sealed here.