29 October 2014
Best Brunch Picks - London and New York
The things that all of our picks have in common.... Good food, service and beautiful interiors.
1. The Park, New York City - theparknyc.com
Located on 10th Avenue, brunch followed by a stroll on The Highline and a wander around the Chelsea art galleries makes a perfect Saturday. Trees grow inside with birds flying around - bringing the outdoors, indoors. For those who perhaps do not want feathery friends flying around, there is always the 'indoor' seating area.
We recommend - Mango Mimosa, Smoked Trout Spread on a Toasted Bialy (Bialy is a Polish bread).
2. The Charlotte Street Hotel, London - firmdalehotels.com
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One of the Firmdale Hotels, The Charlotte Street Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of central London tucked away from the hustle of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road. This is the perfect place for a weekday morning meeting or catching up with friends at the weekend.
We recommend - Eggs Royale.
4. The Smile, New York City - thesmilenyc.com
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The Smile has been visited more than just the once. Best to get there early - no reservations. Located between Noho and Nolita - off the sidewalk, down a few steps this is a locals spot. The interior is quite dark but homely. Interior wise, nothing flashy or modern, instead charmingly rustic. Lots of wood and bare brick.
We recommend - Mimosas and Baguette French Toast with Berries and Maple Syrup. Housemade Granola is pretty good too.
5. Ham Yard, London - firmdalehotels.com
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Another Firmdale Hotel family member, Ham Yard located in Soho is a must visit. There is even a bowling alley if you fancy. Modern interiors with a classic twist, there is a lot of orange around the place (we love orange). The seats in the main restaurant are reminiscent of our Tranquilitie blankets.
We recommend - Slow roasted Sicilian Sausage, Beans, Tomato and Basil.
6. Rabbithole Restaurant, Brooklyn, NYC - rabbitholerestaurant.com
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Very fond memories here, would love to go back someday soon. To enter the restaurant (which really does not look much from the outside) you enter through a (velvet?) curtain. Again, a locals place there is both indoor and outdoor seating.
We recommend - Eggs Benedict.
7. Bills, London - bills-website.co.uk
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Got to feature Bills.. Our first Bills experience was in Brighton, so pleased when it eventually made it to London. A laid back atmosphere with lots of space and a good choice of newspapers and magazines. Good for large groups.
We recommend - Scrambled Eggs on Sour Dough Toast with Smoked Salmon.
8. Hudson and Hudson, Colchester - hudson-hudson.co.uk
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Only a stones throw away from London this is a must visit. Opened and run by a great friend Rosie Hudson, Breakfast, Lunch (including a ravishing Sunday roast), supper and cocktails make up a delicious menu. There is also The Deli which includes everything from cheese to wine and accompaniments. Pick up a duck egg scotch egg or black pudding sausage roll to go.
We recommend - Bloody Mary's and The Full English.