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Places to Eat in New York City for Brunch

One of the few things that I was looking forward to when we booked New York was the food. Particularly the abundance of cafés because if you didn’t already know, I love me some brunch!
A lot of the 9 days that we were there, we had to be at certain places at certain times so we had to grab something to eat on the go. So we tried as many places as we could for brunch and managed to squeeze a few ones in. To say that we barely scratched the surface, would even be an understatement. New York is literally food heaven and I would need at least 3 months (AND a money tree) to eat my way through half of it (maybe). Here are some of the places we managed to get to and we quite loved the atmosphere of.

1. Bluestone Lane Café

Green Baked Eggs – Chimichurri, cherry tomatoes, spinach, portobello mushrooms & feta, served on a hot skillet w/ Balthazar toast

Aussie Ice Latte – A double shot of espresso poured over milk and ice-cream, finished with fresh coffee beans

Avocado Smash – On Balthazar toast with tahini, heirloom cherry tomatoes, feta, sunflower sprouts w/ poached egg

This is an Australian-style café that was definitely at the top of my list. They have a few cafes in different locations but we prefer the one in West Village on Carmine St. It was pleasant, less busier and the food was scrumptious. By this point, we’ve been in America for a little over 3 weeks and I was hanging for an aussie iced coffee (it’s called aussie iced latte on their menu). It’s basically a double shot of espresso poured over milk and ice cream. We came here a couple of times for brunch and takeaway coffees.

2. Five Leaves Café

Big Breakkie – 2 eggs any style, hash browns, whole wheat toast, mushrooms and thick cut bacon w/ a side of steak $14USD Steak +$8USD

Moroccan Scramble – merguez sausage, scrambled eggs w/ spiced chickpeas, crushed avocado & grilled sourdough $14USD

I came across Five Leaves while trying to find a place to catch up with my cousin who was also staying in Brooklyn at the time. This place was buzzing and the food was tasty. The place is inviting and the atmosphere is cheerful, albeit it was gloomy and drizzling outside. I ordered the Moroccan scramble and David ordered the Big Breakkie. My photos don’t do the food/place justice as we were in such a rush to leave the apartment, I left my camera. And as you can tell, something was wrong with my iPhone, it blurs out the sides of the photo. In this case, it’s the bottom part of the photo. Those chickpeas deserve better, I’m sorry!

3. Jack’s Wife Freda

Left: Jack’s Breakfast – 2 eggs (any style), grilled skirt steak, grilled tomato, fingerling potatoes and sourdough toast $22USD Right: Eggs Benny – 2 poached eggs over potato latkes, smoked salmon and beet hollandaise $16USD

Jack’s Wife Freda is a delightful place. They’re an all day bistro serving American-Mediterranean cuisine. The eggs benny were so delicious! I know they look like such a small portion and I’m a shove-as-much-popcorn-in-your-mouth-at-a-time kind of girl so a portion this small isn’t really ideal when I’m starving but after I’ve had my coffee, I was set to wander around the city for the rest of the day. Besides, you wouldn’t want to be full anyway because if you’re anything like me, I don’t get any shit done when I’m full because instead of being productive, I opt for a nap and trust me, you don’t want to do that.. There’s so much to see and do in New York!

4. Cafe Mogador

French Toast with berries and New York State Maple Syrup $9USD

Middle Eastern Eggs – eggs any style with hummus, tabouli, Arabic salad and zahatar pita $11.50USD

Cafe Mogador was another great find. They serve Moroccan-inspired cuisine and I can’t say I’ve ever had hummus, tabouli and pita bread for breakfast before but boy did I enjoy it! It was definitely something different, good different. The french toast was also reallllly good. The cafe also had a semi-outdoor area that was similar to a glasshouse with lots of indoor plants and it was definitely Instagram worthy. It was a great place to chill and hangout.

Also, I just realised that the meals I ordered were all, if not, mostly vegetarian. Don’t freak, you can add a side of bacon and I don’t know why I didn’t! Oh well, I guess they were all so delicious that I didn’t even think of adding bacon. This is me trying to make myself feel better about my poor life choices.

So yes, these are my highly recommended places to brunch your heart out in New York. Have you been to NYC before? I would love to hear your own recommendations for places to eat in ENN WHY SEE. I love this city so much I would definitely go back in a heartbeat.



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