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Thursday, 27 February 2014

3BM Eats : NYC Best Brunch Bites

So last week we bought you our pick of the top dinner delights in NYC and this week we’re reporting back on the best-of-the-best bunch spots...

According to many, Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Sorry Breakfast, I don’t mean to dis you but Brunch is the new you! I must admit me and mornings have never really got on – the biggest reason being that they're solely responsible for hoicking me out of my number one happy place… bed! You’ll all be aware of my get affection for food by now but the mornings have the ability to well and truly kill that great love. I can just about manage a skinny cappuccino but the thought of anything more than that makes me feel rather queasy… until 12 o’clock strikes that is and then I’m all about wolfing down whatever I can get my hands on. So that brings me back round again to the main theme of this post – brunch! It’s the perfect middle man - you can really go to town and load up on naughty nosh because you skipped brekkie PLUS it’s not too early for a cheeky Mimosa or six!


Having set the scene I’m hoping you’ll all suitable pumped for brunch and ready to salivate over the NYC beauts we munch-tested for you…

First on the hit list was The Breslin within The Ace Hotel. A firm favourite from my last trip to NYC when I stayed at The Ace - Michelin-starred and from the dream team duo April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman of The Spotted Pig. Ticks all round! 



So what did we devour? Well… HK mouse and mini opted for the poached eggs with curried lentils, yogurt and cilantro. Sounds like an interesting if not slightly strange combo but we can report that the flavours totally complimented each other. The lentils added a spicy bite whilst the yogurt worked its cooling magic and then who can resist a perfectly poached egg sprinkled with a touch of coriander for extra pizazz…



I opted for the whole wheat pancakes with apple butter, candied walnuts and maple syrup – need I go on?! Yes this dish was a delicious as it sounds! Rich, sweet and gorgeously indulgent… 




I do have one major regret to share in relation to this brunch session however and that’s not trialling the daddy of dishes. It just sounded too naughty to even contemplate… brace yourself… fried peanut butter and banana sandwich with bourbon and vanilla! Wowser! This will continue to play on my mind and be the biggest regret of my life FYI…

The Breslin 
16 W 29th St 
NY 10001
+1 212 679 1939

Day three called for a visit to the notorious Norma's, based within the Le Parker Meridien Hotel. We filled our brunch boots here in a way that can only be described as gluttony gone wrong! We’re talking seriously overloaded USA mammoth portions – enough to put you into a sugar-induced coma or an early grave! To put this into perspective, all three of us could have shared one mere brunch dish and still had leftovers to last the rest of the week… 



I ordered up the very berry brioche French toast which consisted of four beasting great slices of toast concealing the very berry secret ingredient filling all topped off with a punnet each of raspberries, blueberries and blackberries AND dowsed in about a litre of maple syrup! Devine but devilishly disobedient when it comes to my pre-holiday bikini bod prep...


…and HK mouse the BBQ pulled pork hash topped with poached eggs. This was more of a main that a breakfast mind with the pork piled to high heaven. No comparison to Middle Mouse's sugar rush mountain however...!


Mini mouse ordered up Colombian corn cake, eggs sunny side up and chorizo, a portion size which was marginally more manageable… 


We have a foodie regret when it comes to this brunch stop off too. This one comes in the form of not ordering the Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata which comes with a heavy helping of Sevruga Caviar and a hefty price tag of $1,000!!! I think this regret is understandable and had we of indulged we would have been left feeling a whole lot more regretful of being a $1,000 poorer! Over it alreads!

Norma’s 

119 W 56th St 
NY 10019
+1 212 708 7460

Saving the best until last we have The NoMad's Atrium restaurant. Slightly biased as this was our home away from home whilst we were staying in NYC but setting those feelings aside I would highly recommend for its brunch alone.    


The setting is just gorgeous, made exceptional with a vast pyramid glass skylight overhead allowing sun to stream through and slowly wake you up. A round of super strong coffees lent a helping hand too...



Who's partial to a naughty McDonalds egg McMuffin from time to time? The answer is me but that dirty indulgence stops here now that i've trialled the fine-dining equivalent at the NoMad... English muffin with duck sausage, egg and cheese. Nom nom nom...


Mini made her pick within seconds of snatching up the menu opting for eggs benedict with a difference. The traditional ham swapped out for succulent crab and topped off with a handful of tarragon and then of course a big helping of hollandaise... 


HK mouse licked her lips and ordered the blintzes (thin pancakes) with farmer's cheese, cherries and brown butter. They really were nothing short of mind blowing - both myself and mini had major food envy...


The NoMad Hotel 

1170 Broadway & 28th Street 
NY 10001 
+212 796 1500



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