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Where to Brunch Right Now: Home/Made

1 Aug
Fiddlehead Toast with Homemade Ricotta

Fiddlehead Toast with Homemade Ricotta

My favorite summer brunch destination? Home/Made,  the Red Hook restaurant with welcoming vibes, a quaint garden, and plenty of comfort food. The ladies behind the restaurant, Monica Byrne and Leisah Swenson create a warm atmosphere that make you feel like you’re dining in your home kitchen (but with much better food).

For those of you who believe “eggs are eggs” and they cannot be elevated beyond that, try the eggs at Home/Made. I don’t know what their secret is, but the wild mushroom and fontina scramble takes the usual skillet to plate scrambled eggs to the next level. It’s served with buttery, garlicky Potatoes Provencal and a thick slice of grilled walnut bread. I. Can’t. Get. Enough. Most recently, Home/Made exceeded my expectations when I tasted their special– Fiddlehead Toast with Homemade Ricotta. The combination of creamy ricotta and earthy fiddleheads on the crisp toast was perfect.

Make sure to sit in the backyard, a charming spot with a sprouting herb garden, with a grapefruit mimosa, enjoying the last few weeks of summer sunshine.

Your Official Baby & Bridal Shower Brunch Guide

28 May


Planning a baby or bridal shower in NYC is a lot of work. It can require some heavy restaurant research and asking about space, price, food, drink, and hours over and over again. To save you some time and let you focus on the important things (ya know, like planning for your baby or wedding) BrunchCritic.com did all of the work for you. They created the “Ultimate Baby & Bridal Shower Brunch Guide” with their top recommendations for venues in both Manhattan and Brooklyn that has all the facts you need, including the person to contact to make it happen.

Download the guide here and be sure to pass it on to your other Baby-Bridal-Shower-Planning Friends.

Where to Brunch Right Now: Calyer

26 Dec


I’ve talked to a few Brooklynites who have told me they “hate brunch.” You can imagine my shock and awe, since brunching is one of my hobbies, but in some way, I can understand what they mean. Brunch can be a scene; long waits, crowded tables, rushed service… I hear you. If you’ve lost faith in Brooklyn brunch, I suggest you visit Calyer.

This Greenpoint spot is unpretentious, comfortable, and when I visited, there was no wait. I started at the bar; the friendly bartender offered me the brunch cocktail list, and I started with a frothy Snap Sour, that was a sweet way to start the day– almost like a liquid gingersnap cookie.

As a Bloody Mary enthusiast, I couldn’t leave without trying the house bloody mary with gin, which had a good balance of tomato and spice, and garnished with a celery stick, an olive, and a pickle. I paired it with a kale salad– tossed with almonds, clothbound cheddar cheese, lemon vinaigrette, and topped with two baked eggs.


If kale salads don’t excite you, the bartender recommends his favorite, the corned beef hash (with confit potato, melted onions, and two poached eggs, and the new sausage and egg sandwich. Calyer also just added nitrate-free bacon to the menu if that’s your thing.


If brunch was this fabulous, I’ll have to go in for dinner. Calyer, I’ll be back in for dinner soon.

Where to Brunch Right Now: Cafe Luluc

17 Nov

If you’re looking for brunch in the Cobble Hill area, make sure you add Cafe Luluc to your must-try list. A French restaurant best known for their amazing breakfast/brunch, Cafe Luluc serves up some of the best egg dishes around. One piece of advice? Get there early. If you leisurely wake up at noon and take a stroll over, you’re going to have to wait in a line of hungry Brooklyn brunchers– not pretty.

I recommend going for the spinach and goat cheese omelet, the open-faced Western omelet, or the French Toast with apple compote. You’ll feel like you’re dining alfresco in a Paris bistro, with the cobblestone-like flooring and French-inspired decor.

Visit Cafe Luluc this weekend at 214 Smith Street, and don’t forget to top your meal off with one of their warm and creamy lattes!

The spinach and goat cheese omelet

Open-faced Western Omelet