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Best of New York 2007 • Eating

Sunday Best

A brunch for every taste.


  • What do you want in a brunch? Bloody Marys as strong as the coffee, no line (or at least a fast-moving one, which rules out perennial favorites Prune, Diner, and Clinton Street Baking Co.), and enough choices to satisfy your bacon-lovin’ brother and your vegan aunt. Herewith, the ten best brunches for every situation:

  • GRAND SPACE FOR IN-LAW INTRODUCTIONS AND OTHER DELICATE FIRST ENCOUNTERS

  • Eleven Madison Park

    11 Madison Ave.; 212-889-0905

    What to get: Pecan-praline pancakes, or torchon of foie gras with Venezuelan cocoa and quince—while you still can.

  • BECAUSE ARTSY INTELLECTUALS NEED TO EAT, TOO

  • Wallsé

    344 W. 11th St.; 212-352-2300

    What to get: Wiener schnitzel to start, Kaiserschmarm to finish.

  • A POST-SHOPPING PIT STOP FOR THE BOUTIQUE-INCLINED

  • 202

    75 Ninth Ave.; 646-638-0115

    What to get: The full English breakfast or the chicken curry.

  • TO FEED YOUR INNER HIPSTER

  • Freemans

    Freeman Alley, off Rivington St.; 212-420-0012

    What to get: Artichoke dip to share, smoked trout with horseradish cream and buttered toast, and bananas Foster.


  • TO GIRD UP FOR GALLERY-HOPPING

  • Cookshop

    156 Tenth Ave.; 212-924-4440

    What to get: Huevos rancheros or Catskill rainbow trout with white-Cheddar grits and maple-ancho-chile butter.

  • ÜBER-SEASONAL AND QUASI-MEXICAN ON THE LES

  • Alias

    76 Clinton St.; 212-505-5011

    What to get: Cornmeal waffle and fried chicken, or the carnitas breakfast burrito, a holdover from the late aKa Cafe.

  • WHERE TO TAKE A VISITING ITALIAN WINEMAKER

  • Centovini

    25 W. Houston St.; 212-219-2113

    What to get: Fried eggs—duck or quail—with whatever seasonal garnishes chef Patti Jackson lugs back from the Greenmarket, and a bomboloni for the road.

  • FOR DESIGN GEEKS AND FANS OF FINE-TUNED FUSION

  • Public

    210 Elizabeth St.; 212-343-7011

    What to get: Turkish eggs on garlic yogurt, or sweet-potato-and-Feta tortilla.

  • FOR THOSE WHO TRULY LIKE IT HOT

  • Fatty Crab

    643 Hudson St.; 212-352-3590

    What to get: An incendiary Bloody, “Fatty sliders,” and Zak Pelaccio’s funky, porky take on bacon and eggs.


  • ONE WORD—SMORGASBORD!

  • Aquavit

    65 E. 55th St.; 212-307-7311

    What to get: Sunday’s Swedish spread is stocked with all the herring, gravlax, and meatballs you can eat; $48 includes a Carlsberg.

From the 2007 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

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