New York and I have a special love affair. It’s a city after my own heart – vibrant, diverse and incredibly energized. I returned last week from an extended weekend getaway to the Big Apple – a trip on which my friends and I ate our own body weight in food.
Over the next few days, I’ll chronicle a few of our gastronomic adventures, starting with a great brunch at a charming little restaurant called Station, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Station has an impressive claim to fame. The restaurant has consistently been recognised as one of the Top 100 Brunch Restaurants in America for 2014 and 2015 by the OpenTable Diners Choice Awards. Add this to the stream of positive reviews from the likes of Zagat, New York Times and Wall Street Journal, to name a few, and you know you have a force to be reckoned with.
If you’re keen on a boozy brunch, then look no further than the Bottomless Brunch – the best possible brunch deal I’ve seen … ever. $40 gets you any brunch item paired with a free flow of Sangria, Mimosas, Bloody Marys, or selected beers and wines. While normally this would have been a no-brainer, my friends had a full day of frivolity planned, and sadly, I had to limit myself to a single mimosa. This turned out to be the perfect sparkling start to what would eventually turn out to be a celebratory day.
My choice of Classic Breakfast offered a fairly standard fare – two eggs, toast, home fries, bacon and sausages, served with a side of fruit salad. It hit the spot that morning and provided the protein-power we needed to fuel our day ahead. However, while tasty, I think I was expecting something a little more in my breakfast — at $16, it wasn’t anything to write home about — and I almost resent not having ordered the Pulled Pork sandwich instead.
Still, Station is a popular choice with the ‘burg locals. It’s comfortable ambience makes the restaurant feel cosy without seeming overly cramped. Service is quick and friendly, and I may just have to go back to Brooklyn for that bottomless brunch.