Saturday, October 29, 2011

Brunches ! Bondi Road & Westville

This is a quick post on a couple of brunches I have eaten.  I think you can see from the list of labels on the left that Diana and I are really good at eating brunches.  So here I am at what I do best!

Nick invited a few of his pals out one Saturday morning for an all you can drink brunch.  Boozy brunches are a popular past-time in NYC, with all you can drink ones topping the best.  If you are interested in brunches of drunkenness, this is a great link mapping the different places all around town.  Nick's spot of choice was Bondi Road, the sister restaurant to Sunburnt Cow, another hella-popular AYCD brunchery.  I decided not to drink that day, saving myself for the nightly festivities, to which Nick responded articulately:

"I hope you like mediocre food."

And that, ladies and gentleman, is exactly what Bondi Road offers in addition to its bottomless alcoholic beverages.

These pancakes were weird, bready and not at all appetizing.

If you can see it, it is basically bread wrapped in a tortilla type crust.  Like. What? 

You definitely need to get wasted to enjoy the food here, but the drinks were merry and full at least. 

The boozy bunch at brunch.

Westville Chelsea

On another occasion, I met up with Tanuja for a lovely brunch at Westville Chelsea.  I have always wanted to eat here because of the hanging wooden sign showcasing the special vegetables of the day outside the restaurant, and the bright, sun-lit restaurant space.  The Chelsea location was no exception - a charming, adorably cute spot.

We all nabbed the egg scramble plate with choice of three omelet fillings, choice of bread and choice of salad or potato hash.  I filled mine with fresh mozzarella, scallions and bacon, and lemme tell ya - tasty ol' combination, if I do say so myself!

Salad or potatoes?  Uhm.  Duh.  Potatoes.  The hash was a creamy mix of vegetables, like orangey slivers of carrots and peppers and awesomeness, all wrapped up in tators.  The texture is a bit interesting, but the flavor was rich and strangely addicting.

Intrigued by the option of Portuguese muffin, I just had to have it.  Breadier and slightly sweeter than an English muffin, the Portuguese one is definitely a winner.  Charred and crisp on the exterior - lovely carb option for the breakfast meal.

I find myself craving Westville more and more lately.  It's a simple brunch, well executed with bright fresh flavors.

Bondi Road
153 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002

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Westville, multiple locations
246 W18th Street, New York, NY 10011
Between 7th & 8th Avenue
Phone: 212-924-2223, 212-924-2201

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  1. Wow, those look like the very boringest pancakes ever. AYCD brunches always seem to end up the worst display of long lines to get in, people acting horrible way too early in the day, and restaurants thinking they don't have to actually cook any food. But I still like 'em.

  2. i am so intrigued by those tators!!

  3. I love brunch, but what is UP with those pancakes? Those potatoes do look tasty, though.