- Nolita House
47 E. Houston St., nr. Mulberry St., second fl.; 212-625-1712
No disrespect to jazz, but as a musical genre bluegrass simply suits brunch better. (Maybe it’s the banjos—so in tune with a coffee buzz.) At the Nolita House’s weekend Boozy Bluegrass Brunch (10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), a chorus of fiddles, banjos, and mandolins provides a rollicking compliment to the restaurant’s brandy-soaked brioche French toast (which co-owner Scott Bankey likens to a “really pretty, really delicious brick”). The performers—the appropriately named Fresh Baked Bluegrass (Sundays), the husband-and-wife duo Andrew and Nancy Hunt (Saturdays)—harmonize twangsome melodies for a crowd of rumpled downtowners, while the chalkboard walls and dated middle-school portraits lend a quirky, down-home vibe. Though the bluegrass sets are consistently packed, the waitstaff is vigilant about filling coffee mugs.
Best Brunch With Music
From the 2009 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).