Category Archives: BREAKFAST/ BRUNCH

Brunch at Hudson Clearwater, West Village, NYC

Brunch at Hudson Clearwater, West Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance:☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Crab Monsieur, Baby Spinach Salad

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Shopsin’s General Store, Lower East Side, NYC

Shopsin’s General Store, Lower East Side, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆ ½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Poutine, Mac and Cheese Pancake

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Bonjour Crêpes & Wine, Yorkville, NYC

Bonjour Crêpes & Wine, Yorkville, NYC

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Food: ☆☆

Service: ☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$

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Little Fox Café, NoLita, NYC

Little Fox Café, NoLita, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $

(This meal was complimentary which did not affect my review.)

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Mercer Kitchen, Soho, NYC

Mercer Kitchen, Soho, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Steamed Shrimp Salad, Pizza with Roasted Eggplant

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North End Grill, Tribeca, NYC

North End Grill, Tribeca, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Grilled Clam Pizza, Upma Polenta, Thrice-Fried Spiced Fries, Rice Flaked Halibut, Butterscotch Pot de Crème

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Parish Hall, Williamsburg, NYC

Parish Hall, Williamsburg, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Smoked Trout Salad, Chicken Hash

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Lady M’s Cake Boutique, Upper East Side, NYC

Lady M’s Cake Boutique, Upper East Side, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Lady M Mille Crêpes, Gateau au Chocolat, Strawberry Mille Feuille, Gateau aux Marrons

 

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Dominique Ansel Bakery, SoHo, NYC

Dominique Ansel Bakery, SoHo, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆½

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Almond Croissant , Dka “dominique’s kouign amann”

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Almondine Bakery, Park Slope, NYC

Almondine Bakery, Park Slope, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$

 

The Almondine Bakery now has a second location in Park Slope!

The former pastry chef from Le Bernardin and Windows on the World Hervé Poussot has been serving up delectable treats at this French patisserie in Brooklyn for quite some time now.

Using ultra fresh ingredients, Almondine offers a host of fresh-baked French goods such as croissants, fruit tarts, muffins, macarons, baguettes, pastries and more. They serve delicious coffee using La Colombe beans from Philadelphia and a decadent hot chocolate made with Valrhona chocolate.

The Park Slope Almondine is housed in a small cozy space with a working fireplace, which seats about 25. Located right by the train station, it is really hard not to make a small detour to start your day just right!

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

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* Restaurant Name
Almondine Bakery
* Overall
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
DUMBO / American Traditional
* Street Address
85 Water St ((between Main St & Washington St) ), Brooklyn, NY 11201
* Phone
(718) 797-5026
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Cannelle Patisserie, Jackson Heights, NYC

Cannelle Patisserie, Jackson Heights, NYC

 

 

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $

Must try: Croissants,

 

Cannelle Patisserie is perhaps one of the most unusual finds in its location at a strip mall in East Elmhurst.

This venture was brought to fruition by Jean Claude Perennou and Gnanasampanthan Sabaratratnam – both Ex- Waldorf Astoria pastry chefs.

Cannelle Patisserie offers Manhattan quality baked goods at super affordable prices. The display cases are a riot of colors, textures and artful creations such as, napoleons, éclairs, profiteroles, all kinds of baked pastries and cookies. They also offer a range of fresh baked breads, quiches, tarts and so on. Their crowning glory is their super flaky croissants, gâteau Breton, Saint Honoré and Paris-Brest

The most wonderful thing about this Cannelle – other than its ethereal offerings is how it reflects the diversity of its surrounding in both its clientele and its staff. At Cannelle, people from all ethnicities, across all ages have found a great homey neighborhood spot to stop by and linger at over fabulous eats.

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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* Restaurant Name
Cannelle Patisserie
* Overall
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Jackson Heights / American New
* Street Address
75-59 31st Ave, East Elmhurst, NY 11370
* Phone
(718) 565-6200
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Tartine Bakery, San Francisco, CA

Tartine Bakery, San Francisco, CA

 

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Everything!

The first problem one faces in trying to get to Tartine Bakery is finding it. Located in the Mission District, the only way to identify this spot is by the huge line of people waiting outside to get their share of the outstanding goodies that are being concocted inside.

 Stepping indoors one encounters a totally different kind of problem – how not to eat the house?

The display cases flaunt a parade of stunning French inflected baked goods. There are breads, croissants, tarts, puddings, sandwiches, cakes and all kinds of bakes.

 The husband-wife team of Chad Robertson and Elisabeth Prueitt are several time winners of James Beard awards as well as many other accolades. Using only the freshest of local ingredients and organic as much as possible, the goodies served here are pretty much ‘off the charts!’

 Mark Bittman declares that Tartine Bakery is his favorite bakery in the United States – I might just have to agree!

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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* Restaurant Name
Tartine Bakery
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
American Traditional / French
* Street Address
600 Guerrero St , San Francisco, CA 94110
* Phone
(415) 487-2600
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Founding Farmers, Washington D.C.

Founding Farmers, Washington D.C.

 

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Food: ☆☆☆½ 

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Fried chicken Egg Waffles, Stuffed French Toast, Fresh squeezed juices

 

Founding Farmers is an eco-friendly, Certified Green Restaurant that was built from recycled and reclaimed products. This upscale, farmhouse styled eatery is housed within the International Monetary Fund (IMF) building.

 At Founding Farmers, the menu offers American classics made from locally sourced and sustainably farmed products. The food here is very good. The freshness of the ingredients used reflects in the exquisite taste of their dishes. You must try their fresh juices the cranberry was really zesty.

 However for me the spot lacked soul. Everything from the service to the space seems cold and distant which didn’t gel with all its wonderful methodology. Everything seemed too pristine.

 I found that Founding Farmers is more a chic farmhouse accented restaurant that is just green enough for the suit types. For me, I would rather go hang at a more bohemian space like Busboys and Poets where the essence enfolds the place.

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Crabs Cake Eggs Benedict

 

 

Fried Chicken, Eggs and Waffles

 

 

Stuffed French Toast

 

 

Farmhouse Waffles

 

Pastrami Hash

 

Farmers Lemonade

 

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* Restaurant Name
Founding Farmers
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
American New / American Traditional
* Street Address
1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW ((between N H St & N 19th St) ), Washington, DC 20006
* Phone
(202) 822-8783
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Busboys and Poets, Washington D.C.

Busboys and Poets, Washington D.C.

 

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Food: ☆☆☆½ 

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Crab cake Sandwiches and home home-fries

 

 Busboys and Poets is an inspired, bohemian bookstore/Cafe/ Lounge, which propounds progressive political ideologies. 

 This cheery cafe has been brilliantly decorated by carving out comfortable spaces with lounge chairs and sofas amongst walls that are adorned with multi-ethnic art and photographs. Everything here murmurs towards creativity and activism.

 

 

There are regularly scheduled poetry jams, film screenings and other shows in the Langston Room, which is a performance space. Here, one can sip on a variety of coffees or nibble on sizable portions of affordable, tasty platters of food

 

 

Busboys and Poets was named in honour of Langston Hughes (one of my favourite poets), who worked as a busboy in the 1920s whilst writing poems on the side.

 

 

 Busboys and Poets is a perfect spot for its diverse clientele to gather together to eat great food whilst being inspired to act.

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

 Classic Benedict

 

 

Neptune Benedict with Cheese Grits

 

 

Mekhleme

 

 

Oaxaca Omelette

 

 

Crab Cake Sandwich

 

 

Falafel Sandwich

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* Restaurant Name
Busboys and Poets
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
American Traditional
* Street Address
2021 14th St NW ((between N V St & N U St) ), Washington, DC 20009
* Phone
(202) 387-7638
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Queens Comfort: Brunch, Astoria, NYC

Queens Comfort: Brunch, Astoria, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆ ½

Cost: $$

Must try: Disco Tots, Waffle Special

 

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DE Santos, West Village, NYC

DE Santos, West Village, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Truffled Mac & Cheese

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David Burke Townhouse, Upper East Side, NYC

David Burke Townhouse, Upper East Side, NYC
 

 

 

 
Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆ ½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Dishes not to miss: Pretzel Crusted Crab cakes, Parfait of Big Eye Tuna and Salmon Tartare, Tuna Burger, Butterscotch Pannacotta, Cheesecake Lollipop Tree

Special notes: They have great lunch and weekend brunch specials. Their crab cakes and Tuna burger are the best I’ve ever had.


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Clinton Street Baking Company, Lower East Side, NYC

Clinton Street Baking Company, Lower East Side, NYC

 
MY RATINGS FOR THIS MEAL
 
Food: ☆☆☆☆
 
Service: ☆☆☆
 
Ambiance: ☆☆
 
Cost: $$
 
I recommend: Buttermilk Biscuit Sandwich, Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict, Wild Maine Blueberry Pancakes, Fried Green Tomatoes, Cheese Grits.
  

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