LexingtonBrass

Very few solid breakfast/brunch options in Midtown East.  Lexington Brass is a passable one.  The restaurant is located on a corner, so the space gets lots of natural sunlight.  Given its midtown location, it is generally busy, but not packed.  Quite a pleasant place for a lazy start in the morning.  

My favorite dish here  is the baked eggs, nestled inside avocado halves, topped with blue crab. It is divine! The restaurant used to serve this dish in a cast iron pan, which made for a better presentation. Thankfully, the dish is just as tasty served on a white plate. 

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Lexington Brass
517 Lexington Avenue (Between 48th & 49th St.)
http://emmgrp.com/restaurants/lexington-brass/

Sweet Chick

Beautiful weather, weekend brunch, and Williamsburg go hand in hand. Judging from the line of people waiting outside the restaurant when we arrived at noon, I'd say I am not the only person who thinks so. Like most popular brunch spots, Sweet Chick doesn't take reservations for brunch.  We waited about 30 minutes for a shared table. 

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Of course we got the Chicken 'N Waffles.  I mean, the name of the dish is on the signage of the restaurant!  The chicken was very moist. The crispy skin has a hint of rosemary, which I really liked. The waffles were good, but could have been a bit crispier. The dish came with 3 different types of house-made butter: regular, rosemary, and strawberry; all very good. 

Drinks were served in mason jars. The Arnold Palmer, custom-made by Brooklyn Soda Work for the restaurant, was very tasty. Fresh-squeezed orange juice, which is a must for any good brunch, passed the test as well. 

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The meal is solid enough to warrant a return visit. (I've already got my eyes on a few other items on the menu…)

Sweet Chick
164 Bedford Avenue (@ North 8th Street)
http://sweetchicknyc.com

Veritable Quandary

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Came here for brunch on the last day of our Portland trip. The weather was crappy so unfortunately we weren't able to enjoy their outdoor garden.

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Like other good brunch places in Portland, this place was bustling on Sunday morning!  They do take reservations, which is a big plus.  We were a party of 5, which apparently is a hard number to seat in Portland, as we were told repeatedly over the weekend.  Most restaurants seem to only have tables of 2s or 4s. The staff at VQ was extremely accommodating and we managed to squeeze into a four-person booth. 

After having such good "hash" dishes at both Tasty n Alder and Mother's, I immediately gravitated toward the special of the day: Ribeye Hash! The dish was good, but not amazing.  A bit of a letdown in fact.  

EGGS WITH RIBEYE HASH

EGGS WITH RIBEYE HASH

CROQUE MADAME

CROQUE MADAME

SEAFOOD OMELETTE 

SEAFOOD OMELETTE 

THE PRETTIEST SALAD EVER!

THE PRETTIEST SALAD EVER!

While everyone enjoyed their respective dishes, no one was blown away by the meal.  I think we were all a bit spoiled by the amazing food in Portland by this point of our trip that our expectations were simply too high.  

BANANA CHOCOLATE TART

BANANA CHOCOLATE TART

The dessert was also perfectly OK, but no memorable.  

With so many great restaurants in Portland, this one doesn't quite make the cut for me. 

Vertiable Quandary
1220 SW 1st Avenue 
http://www.veritablequandary.com

Mother's Bistro & Bar

Like all other popular brunch places in Portland, this place does not take reservation.  Our wait wasn't too bad since we were able to get some coffee from the bar and wait in a separate seating area.  

I couldn't decide between Mike's Special Scramble and the Mushroom Scramble, so I hedged my bet and shared with a friend.  The Mike's Special Scramble was the clear winner!  The egg was fluffy and the dish was full of flavor.  I can eat this for breakfast everyday! 

MIKE'S SPECIAL SCRAMBLE - WITH PROSCIUTTO, ROASTED GARLIC, TOMATOES, BASIL & PROVOLONE CHEESE

MIKE'S SPECIAL SCRAMBLE - WITH PROSCIUTTO, ROASTED GARLIC, TOMATOES, BASIL & PROVOLONE CHEESE

GRILLED PORTOBELL0 MUSHROOM SCRAMBLE - WITH SAUTÉED SPINACH & ASIAGO CHEESE

GRILLED PORTOBELL0 MUSHROOM SCRAMBLE - WITH SAUTÉED SPINACH & ASIAGO CHEESE

I tried a bit of everyone else's dish and everything was good!  

WILD SALMON HASH WITH EGGS

WILD SALMON HASH WITH EGGS

BLUEBERRY PANCAKES 

BLUEBERRY PANCAKES 

Verdict: AAA.  The excellent brunch was worth the wait! 

Mother's Bistro & Bar
212 SW Stark Street
http://www.mothersbistro.com

Tasty n Alder

Several friends have recommended that we check out Tasty n Alder for brunch while in Portland. Since the restaurant serves the brunch all weeklong (9am-2pm), we decided to visit on a Thursday, so as to bypass the insane weekend brunch queue.  We were very strategic in planning out our meals on this trip. 

The ice-coffee came in a carafe. I am liking this place already! 

The ice-coffee came in a carafe. I am liking this place already! 

The menu is huge and everything looked good. We ordered several dishes and just shared.

Cast Iron Frittata

Cast Iron Frittata

The Korean Fried Chicken dish, a spin on the traditional Korean bimbibop, has a nice fiery kick to it.  

Korean Fried Chicken with rice, kimchi, and egg.

Korean Fried Chicken with rice, kimchi, and egg.

My favorite dish of the meal is hands-down the pancetta hash. The slightly fatty pancetta mixed in perfectly with the potato cubes, and the runny egg. The flavor was amazing! 

Sicilian Hash with braised pancetta, arrabiata and over easy egg

Sicilian Hash with braised pancetta, arrabiata and over easy egg

The french toast was only average.  We later found out that the chocolate potato donuts were one of the must-tries.  Next time!! 

Half portion of french toast

Half portion of french toast

Tasty n Alder
580 SW 12th Avenue
http://tastyntasty.com/alder/index.html

Verdict: A+