For those looking for a healthier take on weekend brunch, here are five farm-to-table restaurants that are busy serving up your favorite meals using only the freshest ingredients. By Carly Petrone.
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You may not automatically think of NYY Steak when it comes to Sunday brunch, but this all-American restaurant is serving up a farm-to-table menu that is definitely worth trying. Executive Chef Braden Reardon is dishing out favorites with local flair like Salmon Benedict ($19) with crispy potato latkes and crème fraiche, Farmer’s Frittata ($17) with market vegetables and Montechet goat cheese, and Brioche French Toast ($16) with roasted peaches and Tahitian bourbon vanilla marscapone. Don’t worry, you can still get their popular items like the NYY Signature Prime Aged Burger and Heirloom Tomato & Burrata Salad. Whatever you order, it certainly will be a home run. Pair your meal with a Bloody Mary or mimosa and you’ll be ready to hit the field (okay, or the city streets). Brunch service goes from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Stop into Chelsea Market for some grub before hitting the shops. The Green Market is serving up one tasty brunch thanks to its daily menu that reflects the freshest ingredients from local farms and greenmarkets. Start off your meal with a plate of Deviled Farm Eggs ($12) to share. They’re made four ways: smoked salmon, carrot ginger, classic Southern, and pea & prosciutto. Moving on to the main courses, you can choose from classics like Benedict ($16) with house made chive biscuit, bacon, poached eggs, and hollandaise and New York Strip Steak & Eggs ($25) or try a restaurant’s favorite like the Grilled Cheese ($14) with raw milk cheddar cheese and summer chutney on Orwasher’s Miche or Chicken Pot Pie ($21). Plus, there’s always the safe bet: sunny side up or scrambled eggs with bacon, potatoes, and Amy’s toast. Soak it all up before exploring the rest of what Chelsea Market has to offer. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Michelin star Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten invites you to the ABC Kitchen for a meal that celebrates community and the future of the slow food movement. This restaurant is both beautiful and helping to make a difference in the world. Diners have the option of making a donation to help the crisis in Nepal with a donation on their check to Mercy Corps. So start ordering their mouthwatering Buttermilk and Crawford Cheddar Biscuits ($9), Eggs Benedict with Flying Pigs Farm Ham ($20), or Buttermilk Pancakes with Lemon Curd ($18). It’s all going to a great cause while making your belly happy. Oh, and don’t forget to order their Seasonal Glazed Doughnuts ($10) for the table. You can thank us later.
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Step into The Farm on Adderley and enjoy a brunch within its rustic setting. Nosh on something light like their Housemade Granola ($7) with seven stars yogurt, banana, golden raisins, and honey or Hot Oatmeal ($8) with cinnamon, apple, and brown sugar. If you’re in the mood for something a little heavier, we suggest trying the Chicken Schnitzel ($13) – sunnyside egg, watercress, pecorino di fossa, and anchovy. The Red Flannel Hash ($12) is another tasty option, made with corned beef & red beets, sunny side egg, beet mustard, and salad. Plus, there’s always the classic Farm Burger on a homemade English muffin with house cut fries to help with any hangover issues you may be having. Or you could just start the meal out with a little hair of the dog. The Dead Remember ($11) should do the trick. It’s made with mescal blanco, ginger syrup, and lemon. Bottoms up!
It doesn’t get much fresher than Rosemary’s in the West Village. This Italian hot spot is cooking with ingredients close to home: as in from their own rooftop. Executive Chef Wade Moises is busy serving up seasonal Italian dishes using the herbs and produce from the rooftop farm above the restaurant. Start your brunch off with Rosemary’s Lemon Fizz ($12) – rosemary lemonade, simple syrup, and prosecco – or how about a Bloody Beer ($12) – Bloody Mary mix, lime juice, celery-cayenne salt, Narragansett. But there’s always the Bellini Bar ($10) with season fruits option, too. Make sure to order the Nutella Panino ($10) for the table before moving onto dishes like Stringhe di Funghi ($17) – oyster mushroom, prosciutto, and poached egg – and Uovo in Purgatorio ($12) – sunny side up, fresno chili, pomodoro parmigiano. Reservations are recommended. This place books up fast. Brunch service goes from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.