It’s no secret that New Yorkers love brunch. It’s an excuse to drink at usually off-limits hours, and mix the best of both breakfast and lunch on a single plate. An increasing number of restaurants throughout the city are adding the meal to their menus, and hiring extra weekend staff to cater to the booming market ranging from refined tasting experiences to table-dancing blow out bashes in the middle of the day. It’s a guaranteed moneymaker too. That’s why an increasing number of restaurants throughout the city are adding the meal to their menus, and hiring extra weekend staff to cater to the booming market ranging from refined tasting experiences to table-dancing blow out bashes in the middle of the day. Below are three new hotspots now offering their take on the perfect weekend brunch.
1. BeSpoke Kitchen
Chef Franco Barrio launched BeSpoke Kitchen in the West Village last September. Business has been so good that the the chef, formerly behind Casa Mono and Picholine, has opened his West Village eatery for brunch earlier this month using ingredients sourced from within 15 miles of his kitchen. One major highlight is the slew of house-cured meats, which find their way to your table in a number of forms including a to-die-for bacon sampler. Luckily, it also sits just far away enough from the bottomless party brunches in the Meatpacking District, allowing for a more serene weekend dining experience.
We sang our praises of the dinner service at Vaucluse last month, but Chef Michael White will begin serving brunch starting this week at the eatery on the corner of 63rd St and Park Avenue.
3. Queen of The Night
This immersive dining experience is not for the faint of heart. The experience is billed as a “matinee,” as it’s truly a performance with the “queen” presiding over the revelry that includes acrobats writhing from the ceiling and some particularly touchy fire-breathers. Aside from the circus acts, highlighted dishes that can only be found on the brunch menu include Salmon Wellington and black truffle popovers.