- Parish Hall
109A N. 3rd St., nr. Berry St., Williamsburg; 718-782-2602
At its core, and absent all the post-yuppie cultural baggage, brunch is simply breakfast plus lunch. And what could be better than that? Nevertheless, there are those who claim to hate brunch. These poor souls have apparently never experienced a weekend afternoon in the spare-verging-on-spartan, skylit back room of Parish Hall. If they had, they would have encountered many exotic delights not typically associated with a New York brunch: an almost spalike, restorative vibe, spot-on $9 cocktails, a crowd of all ages, happy families, non-squealing tots. They even take reservations. Of course, all would be moot if the food wasn’t up to snuff. This is happily not the case. Even beyond the excellently eggy eggs, there are crisp-edged johnny cakes with bourbon-barrel-aged maple syrup. Terrific housemade bacon and sausage. Savory oats mingled with roasted carrots, cauliflower, and parsnips. Two types of hash. A porchetta sandwich. And a wait staff that care as deeply about the food they’re serving (much of it sourced in season from the owner’s upstate farm) as they do about how you’re liking it. Like we said, Bizarro World brunch.
From the 2013 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).