After arriving in New York, our first stop was Blue Ribbon Bakery for brunch. Located on the corner of Downing and Bedford, Mike and I could see people waiting outside the restaurant as we were approaching the restaurant. We arrived around 1 on a Sunday and waited about 45 minutes before we were seated.
I really liked the atmosphere here as it had a warm and inviting feel to it. The space doesn’t seem very large but there’s additional seating in the basement where we were seated. While walking down the stairs, we were hit by the aroma of the freshly baked bread which instantly made my mouth water. The basement had a very cozy feel to it as it was dimly lit and had exposed brick walls.Blue Ribbon Bakery’s brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 to 4pm. The brunch menu is mainly centered around their poached egg dishes but they also serve some lunch items like sandwiches.
Since we knew they’re well known for their French toast, we ordered the Challah French Toast – with Vermont maple syrup butter ($14.50). For an extra $4, you can get the deluxe version which comes with fresh berries and whipped cream. We passed on this “deluxe” option as paying nearly $20 for French toast seemed a bit high. The challah bread was eggy, fluffy and pretty good. However, I prefer my French toast on the crispier side. Mike on the other hand thought this was the best French toast he’s ever had.
Mike went with the Chorizo Hash & Onions – with lemon cayenne hollandaise sauce ($14.50). The hash came with two poached eggs which were slightly overcooked when they arrived at the table. Despite this, the dish was amazing. Cripsy chunks of potato, caramelized onions and chorizo with an incredibly flavourful hollandaise sauce. I think the holldandaise was what really made the dish. I didn’t find the lemon flavour too overpowering which worked out in my favour since I’m not a huge fan of lemon. If you don’t feel like getting this as your full meal, you have the option of ordering a side of this for $7.50.
Overall, a great brunch experience and the perfect way to start off our trip!At a glance:
• Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 to 4pm
• Long wait for brunch but worth it
• Reservations only available for parties of 5 or more
• Loved the Challah French toast and chorizo hash
Ratings (out of 5):
• Food: 4.5 stars
• Service: 3 stars
• Atmosphere: 4.5 stars