If you are tired of Café Gitane, and smelling like you spent the afternoon cooking with your grandma once you get out of there, walk three blocs and go to Public. You won’t have to wait 2.5 hours to get a tiny table with a side serving of bad couscous.
I like getting there around 11.30am on Sundays, it’s still quiet and pretty, with the day light coming in the main room through their roof glass. The first time I went there I felt like I was in a hotel somewhere near a beach, specially if you go during the summer. I like to sit at the bar, with a green tea and sharing their cast iron cinnamon buns. If you have been at Public a few months ago, they used to have a small buffet with homemade lamingtons, muffins and scones, served with my favorites jams and fruit preserves. It was just the best part of their brunch, unfortunately they don’t do it anymore
The eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms and bacon are a classic, but always good. I love their side of quinoa cumin hash browns, they are the best hash browns you’ll find in NY. The tea smoked salmon with spinach and poached eggs is my second favorite on the menu, its served like a tartine.
Then the coconut pancakes are definitely a good option, although the plate is on the smaller side. The lentil salad is good, and healthy, but a bit too sweet. The turkish eggs are pretty fat and heavy with the addition of the kirmizi biber butter in the yogurt.
This is a great place for two, but also works for brunch with friends as they have many large tables.210 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012