Brunch in Hell's Kitchen
Egocentric and delicious brunch dishes to tempt your palate.
No matter how you like your eggs, scrambled, soft boiled, sunnyside up, poached or atop a nice juicy burger, NYC's diverse restaurants have just what you're looking for.
From innovative and unusual choices such as eggs with avocado or an Italian style Frittata to a classic platter of bacon, eggs and breakfast potatoes, eggs have tempted the appetites of hungry New Yorkers for generations. And we're talking way before the term brunch was even invented!
Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood has one of the most intriguing line-ups of restaurants and bars that you'll find anywhere in town.
So, it's really no surprise that the chefs here excel at doing brunch. Despite a plethora of creative pancake dishes and the always popular chicken and waffles; eggs are usually the star of the show on most brunch menus.
Let's take a look at what's on offer at a few of Hell's Kitchen's most delightful and enticing brunch menus.
Friedman's - Hell's Kitchen
A family-run business that takes pride in its mission to serve only the freshest ingredients from local farmers; this rustic-style restaurant was named after the famous economist Milton Friedman.
Now, Mr. Friedman goes back for a few decades in American history so the name might not ring a bell with you. But, the phrase he popularized will certainly sound familiar; "There is no such thing as a free lunch."
One of the founders of the restaurant, Vanessa, was an admirer of Milton Friedman and she also suffered from celiac disease. That prompted Vanessa and her chefs to create an array of gluten-free dishes that anyone and everyone could enjoy. Friedman has been recognized as a culinary pioneer in that regard.
Originally housed in the famed Chelsea Market, Friedman's has relocated since opening its doors in 2009. But their dedication to customer service and satisfaction remains the same. You could say that it's a tradition here.
On the menu, all egg dishes can be found in the "The Classics" section. Any one of these eggcellent dishes is sure to become your new brunch favorite.
The farm egg omelet brings you a harvest of delectable vegetables together with eggs, avocado, potato hash and toast. All of the eggs that the kitchen uses, by the way, come from happy and healthy chickens that are responsibly raised by farmers who care.
When you brunch at Friedman's you simply MUST try the succulent pastrami hash with eggs. It is beyond delicious!
Within NYC's Boroughs, you'll find steak and eggs on the most diner and restaurant menus. But, NOT the way that Friedman's kitchen does this classic brunch platter, with Jalapeno crema and crispy yuca joining forces with a runny sunny-up egg. When that egg yolk hits a piece of skirt steak, you will find yourself in foodie heaven.
Oh, and don't forget the eggs with style if you are really famished. This plate consists of eggs your way, potato hash, chicken sausage, thick-cut bacon and toast. You also get either a healthy and refreshing fruit salad or an Israeli salad, which is composed of cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, parsley and lemon juice.
The all-day brunch menu also contains some totally tasty burger options including a surprisingly juicy turkey burger and an impossible burger that's topped with caramelized onions and mushrooms.
By all means, add an egg if you like for the very modest additional charge of just two bucks.
Location and Hours
450 Tenth Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10018
Monday to Friday 11 AM to 9 PM
Saturday and Sunday 10 AM to 9 PM
Blue Dog Cookhouse - Hell's Kitchen
Founder Elizabeth Slavutsky opened the first Blue Dog restaurant in 2006, naming it after her beloved bulldog.
Now, as then, Elizabeth's mission is to bring her grandmother's delicious comfort food recipes to her customers; but with a healthy, contemporary twist. Who says that you can't make a good thing even better?
Every dish that you will enjoy here is vibrant, never old-fashioned or stodgy.
The ambiance here is as comforting and home-spun as is the food. Blue Dog's promise to you is nourishment and service that will warm your heart and unwavering quality you can depend on.
The Blue Dog team takes a tremendous amount of pride in the fact that everything is made from scratch using farm-fresh ingredients that are also organic whenever possible.
For egg-o-holics, the possibilities are almost unlimited.
It doesn't get any better than the egg whites and avocado offering with roasted potatoes and a crisp mixed green salad.
Filling and tasty is the Huevos Con Chorizo, which consists of scrambled eggs, spicy chorizo, roasted potatoes and a salad. The kitchen also does a fantastic Croque Madame. A thick slice of sourdough bread is topped with honey-cured ham, gooey melted cheese, bechamel and a sunny side egg with a picture-perfect yellow yolk.
Blue Dog is known for its selection of Benedicts, including the classic, made with two free-range poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce and an English muffin. You might also wish to look into the Spinach Florentine version of this brunch staple.
For B.L.T fans, the go-to brunch item here is their extra special B.L.T with egg.
There is nothing at all like the flavor of egg yolk as it dribbles down over bacon, lettuce and thick-sliced tomato. The mayo that mingles with the yolk takes this sandwich to another galaxy.
Aside from egg-centric dishes, there is a ton of variety on the menu. Options range from chocolate chip pancakes with dulce de leche and a house-cured salmon platter to pumpkin-stuffed French toast with cream cheese and pumpkin puree. The brioche bread is topped with a very nice fruit compote.
Location and Hours
308 West 50th Street
New York, N.Y. 10019
Monday and Sunday 7 AM to 10 PM
Tuesday to Saturday 7 AM to 11:30 PM
Hourglass Tavern - Hell's Kitchen
This Restaurant Row mainstay is housed in a brownstone that was built way back in 1894.
As you can imagine, the ambiance has tons of character and personality. Originally, there were three apartments on the upper floors, while the first floor housed a small tavern with seven tables.
Now, you can dine on all three floors... with proper social distancing, of course. The managements' pledge to customers is to always maintain the highest standards of hygiene and to have daily wellness checks on the staff who must wear masks and gloves at all times.
For decades, the Hourglass Tavern was known as a place where you could have an excellent pre-theater dinner and they would make sure you got out the door in plenty of time to make the opening curtain.
At this time, the lights on Broadway have been dimmed due to Covid. But, the current owners, Beth Sheinis and Josh Toth cannot wait to welcome back the theater crowd, which also includes many famous stage actors and backstage crew.
Beth and Josh are continuing the tradition of making the Hourglass Tavern a gathering place for locals that was started by Chris and Tina Sideris who owned the place for over thirty years.
On Saturdays and Sundays, brunch takes place between 11 AM and 5 PM. Complimentary muffins are brought to your table almost as soon as you sit down, which is very cool.
One of the premier dishes here is the eggs and short-rib hash. A duo of pan-fried or scrambled eggs is placed over a succulent mound of meaty hash. Your side is a healthy portion of fresh-cut, never frozen, green beans.
Many restaurants are now offering a crab cake as part of their everyday menu. The Hourglass Tavern's crab cake, though, is totally off the charts, topped with a fried egg and accompanied by seasoned potatoes. And the crabcake itself is packed with chunks of juicy, flavorful crab meat, not breadcrumbs or other fillers.
If you're interested in exploring non-egg options on the menu here, you won't be disappointed.
The smoked trout comes with quinoa primavera, mixed greens, dill cream and kalamata olives along with warm pita bread.
Your appetite will also be enthralled by the Creole shrimp and grits plate as well as their signature chicken club. This sandwich is packed with grilled chicken breast, bacon, provolone cheese, tomatoes, greens and chipotle mayo. Side it up with either roasted potatoes or their home-made can't be beaten potato salad.
Wash your brunch entree down with a nice glass of wine, or, better yet, take advantage of their $15, ninety-minute unlimited Mimosa option. Just purchase any entree and you're all set.
One sip of these mimosas and you will definitely want to go bottomless. This refreshing elixir is made with champagne and your choice of peach nectar or orange juice. Why not try both versions?
Location and Hours
373 West 46th Street
New York, N.Y. 10036
Monday to Friday 4 PM to 11 PM
Saturday and Sunday 11 AM to 12 AM
Nittis' - Hell's Kitchen
Usually, when you hear a restaurant boast that "there's no restaurant like this place", it's an exaggeration or outright wishful thinking.
But that's not the case at Nittis'. In terms of food, uber-creative drinks and atmosphere; this sexy restaurant stands alone.
Then again, what else would you expect from an establishment whose owners include fashion designers together with a chef with many years of experience in the restaurant business?
The restaurant is named after Will Durollari, whose nickname "Nitti", was given to him by his grandmother.
After opening several restaurants in New Jersey and throughout Manhattan, Will thought that it was time to go into business with his sons, Arben and Kuj, who are both talented artists and fashion designers. Thus, Nittis' was born.
Remember earlier in the article when we said that the decor was absolutely one-of-a-kind? Well, the dining room blends a 1950's film noir look together with 80's artifacts and several well-curated antiques. This all may sound like a strange mash-up, yet somehow it works.
Captivating visuals include long, lush red velvet banquettes, a vintage gold cash register that sits atop a repurposed old-school glass pastry display case and a black marble bar.
Scattered around the restaurant are pieces of art that were created by Wills' sons.
The menu also has more than its' share of WOW moments, thanks to the culinary chops of Will Durollari and executive chef Andrea Napolitano.
During lunch and dinner, you can enjoy a stellar line-up of traditional Italian red sauce classics done up in a very contemporary way.
However, you owe it to yourself to do brunch here. The experience is well worth a trip from anywhere in the city.
Let's start with the cocktails which are fabulous! The Bloody Mary starts with a house-made blend to which baby pickles, celery and bacon are added as a garnish.
The Bellini is made with a generous pour of Prosecco and made from scratch peach puree. No pre-measured stuff out of a package at this bar!
Most regulars agree, though, that the must-try drink here is the Roman Mojito; this cocktail is a blend of Averna amaro, rum, lime juice, mint and muddled oranges.
There is even something thirst-quenching on tap for those who don't need to get a buzz on.
The Fizzy Nittis is a non-alcoholic drink option. Choices include a mix of fresh-squeezed lemonade with grapefruit juice, mint and sparkling water as well as a concoction made with fresh raspberry syrup, lime juice and sparkling water.
Within these artsy walls, you will savor brunch dishes such as the soft scramble platter with avocado and a huge roasted tomato. The chef also whips up a scrumptious eggs benny and veggie frittata.
If you're craving egg with pasta, then the tagliatelle carbonara has your name on it. The ingredients are egg yolk, pancetta (Italian bacon), onions and white wine.
Location and Hours
523 Ninth Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10018
Monday to Friday 11 AM to 12 AM
Saturday and Sunday 10:30 AM to 12 AM