If there’s one meal New Yorkers take very seriously—it’s weekend brunch.
Here, brunch is savory, sweet, or a hangover cure; it can be bottomless (a.k.a. all-you-can-drink in 1 to 2 hours), a date idea, but hopefully not both. It’s frequently mentioned in dating app bios and showcased in Instagram pictures.
That being said, it’s equally exciting and overwhelming when you’re taking an out-of-towner to brunch. There’s so much pressure to pick the perfect place: one that isn’t too crowded or expensive, yet also boasts a decent array of menu options. Luckily when my friend Lindsey visited not too long ago, her hotel was a convenient distance from this one Tribeca restaurant called Bubby’s that met all of the above criteria! I had been dying to try it for quite some time (and not just because it’s Taylor Swift-approved), so we decided to go there.
Merely steps inside the entrance, I was blown away. It looked like Chip and Joanna Gaines had designed an airy, rustic escape for their Manhattanite friends; even the waitstaff oozed Southern hospitality. The second thing I noticed was the mounted chalkboard listing all the places from which Bubby’s sources its ingredients and other materials. Isn’t it cute?! I love knowing where my food comes from 🙂
The other cool thing about this place was the bustle of customers entering, eating and exiting. Especially because we were in Tribeca, it seemed every other young family was wearing something Patagonia, Lululemon, Ralph Lauren or Michael Kors (among other high end brands, of course). I’ll never forget this little girl handing off her mini purse and baby doll to her (quite attractive) dad; he goes, “I have to hold this too? I didn’t know that was part of the deal!” Ugh, #glamfamgoals.
Back to the food though! Bubby’s is known for their pancakes and biscuits, so Lindsey and I didn’t take long to choose those from the menu. Both of us ordered the Griddle Special, which comes with two eggs, bacon or pork sausage and one James Beard (read: light and fluffy) pancake; I topped mine with Nutella and Lindsey did chocolate chips and whipped cream. We also ordered the 2 for $6 Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits, which came with Vermont Creamery butter and homemade jam. Since our waitress admitted the biscuits would be a bit filling, we had them brought out with the rest of our food. Luckily, we didn’t have to wait long at all because the service was so quick!
And you guys, the bacon… my goodness. So thick, crispy at the edges and slightly chewy. The scrambled eggs weren’t the best I’ve ever had, but everything else made up for it in a big, yummy way. Honestly, I think that was the best pancake I’ve ever had in New York so far. And the biscuits were fabulous. In fact, the jam and butter served with it reminded me of what I had with my family during trips to Amish Country in Ohio. Yes, I know I’m very Midwestern 🙂
After brunch, we strolled around the area to walk off some of our brunch, followed by a little shopping in SoHo. It was one of the best Saturdays I had in a while, and it was so nice to catch up with Lindsey! She’s been kicking butt in Weight Watchers, so she’s going to guest feature for my next blog post! In the meantime, check her out on Instagram at @linds_loses_with_ww.
Do you have any brunch spot recommendations? Let me know in the comments!