No trip to New York City would be complete without sampling a weekend brunch. While you can partake in everything from farm-to-table offerings to ethnic breakfast fare to unlimited booze meals, one of my favorite brunch experiences is in Bushwick, Brooklyn, at The Narrows. While they don’t offer unlimited booze, the drinks are very reasonably priced, especially since they serve brunch drinks ($6) and craft cocktails (about $10) instead of the usual watered-down, quickly-made fare. Some brunch drink offerings include the “Lucky Lindy” made with gin, crème de violette, st germain and lemon; “Caulfield’s Dream” crafted with rye, demerara syrup, lemon, spearmint and cava float; and the “Boulevardier” made with bourbon, campari and sweet vermouth.
Not only are the drinks delicious, but the food is perfectly prepared and offers an element of surprise. For example, instead of simply serving French toast the venue offers banana bread French toast filled with chocolate chips and topped with fresh whipped cream and thick maple syrup. Moreover, while I typically don’t like grits theirs are more like polenta and are creamy and covered in beer-poached shrimp, okra and tomato. Some other menu items include a Porchetta biscuit with ham, egg and greens; sourdough pancakes with pumpkin seed and peach jam; and baked eggs with mushrooms and hash browns.