11.03.2015
By Terry Flanagan

Manhattan’s Best Brunches

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By Michael Jacobson, Markets Media Corespondent

Where does one go for brunch in Manhattan? If you’re ready to splurge, we have a couple fancy brunch hot spots for you. Bring your parents, or live it up with your friends or significant other. Brunch is a combination of breakfast and lunch which starts around 11 am and typically offers decadent desserts, choice of a mimosa or Bloody Mary and the traditional eggs benedict, salmon, or your favorite omelet as per your heart’s desire.

ABC KITCHEN

Crab Toast

Crab Toast. Photo by Lori L/Yelp

Nestled in the luxury house wear empire ABC Carpet & Home, Jean-George’s affords Manhattanites a home décor brunch scenario. The fresh and articulate space brings country farmhouse warmth straight out of a fairy tale to life. Like ABC furnishings, the restaurant’s ingredients are all locally sourced. There are hearty omelets and other egg-based concoctions that no doubt came from happy-go-lucky chickens; colorful and satisfying salads you actually want to order for brunch; and French toast fluffier than a down comforter, which ordering should be mandatory. I would try the eggs with fried oysters — what a combo!. Reservation required, or be prepared to wait (however, one can always shop).

35 E 18th St
New York, NY 10003

ESTELA

Blood Cake, Onion Marmalade, Egg

Blood Cake, Onion Marmalade, Egg . Photo by Lori L/Yelp

In 2013, Thomas Carter and Ignacio Mattos took over the former hot-spot Knitting Factory music venue and transformed the space into an intimate downtown bistro. A trendy alternative from ABC Kitchen one does not want to miss out on the: whipped ricotta with citrus and coconut, a yogurt-parfait; a fish-sauce-spiked Bloody Mary; and Bien Cuit tebirke layered with a sunny-side-up eggs, crispy pancetta and aioli-topped avocado. I recommend the cod with romesco, aioli, and potatoes, a great dish with hints of spice. Its pan roasted gently until the fish just starts to flake but remain juicy, then is served with a spicy romesco made with piquillo peppers, hazelnuts, and sherry vinegar.

Be careful finding the place as the restaurant does boast a nondescript doorway, but after a thoughtful meal at the crisp white-marble bar, you’ll be grateful that all those shopping-bag-toting passersby aren’t crowding your newfound favorite brunch hot spot.

47 E Houston St
New York, NY 10012

Featured image by Michelleamock/Dollar Photo Club

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