I love waking up on a Sunday knowing that I have nothing to do but go to brunch. This hybrid meal takes on activity status for a reason. If done correctly, brunch can last the whole day. Whether you spend the entire day eating and drinking or spend the entire day in a food coma slash drunken stupor is entirely up to you. We all know who the Bite-Sized Blonde in the food coma is…
One of my favorite places to brunch is Peels in the East Village. This adorably quaint restaurant is totally unassuming. Don’t get me wrong, this place exudes that cool factor. Case in point: the heaps of hipster customers. But, that’s not why this place is cool. This restaurant, known for their baked goods, turns out amazing breakfast, lunch and their love child, brunch.
Peels is as popular as it is delicious and cool. So, you should expect a wait. But, it’s well worth it. The baked goods sell quickly, so make sure to order them as soon as you sit down! I made the mistake of waiting to order the monkey bread until after we ate brunch, and I was SOL when I was told they were sold out!
Here are some things you shouldn’t miss: The Fried Chicken Sandwich and The Roasted Tomato Benedict. The Fried Chicken has a crunchy and salty exterior. Cushioned by a soft potato roll and complimented by tangy pickles and shredded lettuce, this sandwich is irresistible.
If the words Roasted Tomato Benedict don’t turn you on, then maybe it’s time to do a little soul searching. These beautifully cooked eggs sit on top of homemade biscuits. These doughy biscuits are still warm when they are covered in basil and roasted tomato hollandaise. So simple, yet to elegant.
And now for the money shot…
oh yea…that’s good.
Food is everything to me, but a close second is caffeine. A great cup of coffee has the potential to change a day, just like a bad cup of coffee is essentially a recipe for a bad mood. The cappucinno at Peels is rich and earthy. Better just tell the waitress to keep em coming. Like I said, brunch is an all day activity and you’re going to need your strength.
325 Bowery (Corner of 2nd St.)
New York City, NY 10003