Spring has finally sprung in New York City, which means it’s brunch season. There are many new and delicious daytime weekend menus to check out, along with some revamped selections to get you out of the house on Saturday and Sunday mornings (and, let’s be honest, early- to mid-afternoons, too). Here are a few suggestions of where to go and what to eat for brunch in these upcoming weeks:
Earlier this month, chef David Standridge debuted brunch service at Cafe Clover. Alongside signature cocktails like the Bloodless Mary (celery bitters, Worcestershire, Carpano Bianco, and organic tomato vodka) and the Five Story (muddled mint, lime, agave, Ron Zacapa, and prosecco) the menu includes fresh pressed juices and health-conscious dishes. Try the quinoa pancake with baked apples and barrel aged syrup; poached farm eggs with a spaghetti squash chia rosti, market greens, and a classic béarnaise or herb vinaigrette; and avocado toast made with New York State-sourced multigrain bread, baby Chioggia beets, and spring peas.
Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, located in Midtown Manhattan, unveiled a Sunday brunch menu that brings the luxury of a steakhouse dinner to the mid-day weekend meal. Executive chef Chad Brown offers brunch staples like buckwheat pancakes with buttermilk and honey mascarpone; poached eggs that are served with a popover, prime sirloin bavette, and bernaise; and eggs any style with butter-poached Maine lobster. Diners can sit out on the sun-filled patio and sip cocktails such as the Not Yet (apricot, blood orange, and Mionetto Prosecco), or a Bloody Mary concocted from the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, complete with posh garnishes like prosciutto-wrapped asparagus.
The McKittrick Hotel will re-open its popular rooftop bar and lounge, Gallow Green, for the 2015 season on Saturday, April 18. In addition to snacks, cocktails, and punches, the eatery will also serve Sunday brunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. Enjoy dishes like scrambled eggs with scallions and Gruyère cheese and cold fried chicken with black pepper honey in this thoughtfully designed green space that’s steps away from the High Line, just in case you need to walk off the bread pudding with bourbon caramel sauce that you should definitely order.
Top Chef alum Manuel Treviño (formerly of Marble Lane at Dream Downtown and Midtown’s Lavo) has revamped The Wayfarer’s brunch menu. Now, in addition to favorites such as Belgian waffles with sweet butter and roasted banana and the croque monsieur on toasted brioche, guests can choose from new specialties like the Brunch Toast Trio (Nutella banana, truffled ricotta, and carrot maple) and a fried chicken and cheddar chive waffle dish with Thai chile honey and bacon country gravy. The Wayfarer is another restaurant capitalizing on the often-fun trend of featuring a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. Theirs includes five rim options, including smoked paprika and celery salt; four traditional bases to choose from that range from “Spicey” to tomato water; four choices of alcohol, such as black pepper vodka infusion and Absolut Elyx; and 11 garnishes, like Cheddar cheese and crispy pork rind.