Along with dating multiple people, eating Chinese food out of those little cardboard boxes and drinking tonnes of coffee, New Yorkers are known for their love of brunch. They’re also known for other, less one dimensional basic stuff but for the purpose of this article we’re going with brunch.
New Yorkers love brunch, they can’t get enough of brunch. Those guys have been putting eggs and avo on stuff and calling it brunch for decades, while us Brits are just getting started. But this month sees the opening of one of the Big Apple’s best-loved brunch spots opening up here in London, taking our own brunch game up a gear. Sunday In Brooklyn, the Williamsburg brunch spot favourite will be taking up residence in Notting Hill. Here’s everything you need to know…
What’s it all about?
The New York import was originally opened by founders Todd Enany, Adam Landsman, and chef Jaime Young in 2016. It’s become a much-loved, all-day dining spot for NY hipsters in Williamsburg (basically NY’s answer to Hackney), taking American staples and putting an inventive twist on them. But it’s the brunch menu that really put them on the map, from healthy options like their signature Herbal Bone Broth to chia chocolate infused puddings and the proverbial avo on toast. There’s also hearty dishes like their famous stacks of Sunday Pancakes topped with hazelnut maple praline and brown butter (heaven) to Biscuits and Gravy – drop cheddar biscuits served with white sausage gravy, poached eggs and a spicy sambal.
Where is it?
Ironically, Sunday In Brooklyn will open in Notting Hill, the one place Americans think is so very British – thanks Richard Curtis/Hugh Grant. But it will be in good company anyway with Ottolenghi, Farmacy and Granger & Co. as neighbours, this little pocket of west London is fast becoming a go-to for weekend brunching.
The New York outpost will be set up in a beautiful two-floor corner building on Westbourne Grove, with tall wrap-around windows that fill a main dining room with natural light, and warm, cosy interiors. Basically as close as you’re going to get to a Brooklyn neighborhood restaurant here in London.
The opening is in good company with Ottolenghi, Farmacy and Granger & Co. as neighbours, making this little pocket of west London a go-to for weekend brunching.
What’s on the menu?
As we’ve said, there’s a big focus on the brunch menu and we’re sure, for the first few month’s at least, nabbing a table will be tough. Worth it though with everything from The Don Ruben Omelette – filled with mole sauce, goat’s cheese, mushrooms and feta to their famous Sunday Burger making the menu. As with all popular brunching spots how Instagrammable the food is is a prerequisite, but it’s not all style over substance at Sunday In Brooklyn. Yep the food looks great but the team are also creating hearty, real plates of interesting food you actually want to eat and not just put a filter on. Although brunch is what they have become known for, the menu really comes into its own in the evening when you’ll be able to tuck into dishes like their ricotta, marinara and herbal pesto stuffed pasta shells or a whole smoked chicken for the table slathered in Herbs de Provence and served with fries.
What about drinks?
This is where the fun comes in. The cocktail menu comes laced with creations like the Kyoto Yacht Club – Japanese gin, bergamot rosolio, cassis, lemon, prosecco and cucumber bitters; or the Champagne Problems a simple blend of genepy, strawberry, lemon and bubbly. But it’s without a doubt the curiously named Honeybear On Holiday that is going to be the most popular. Served in a bear-shaped honey pot and filled with Fiji rum, Amontillado sherry, apricot, pineapple, lime, and cumin honey, it’s understandably become Sunday In Brooklyn’s best-loved drink. Behind the bar will also be a great all-natural wine list and some creative non- and low-alcohol drinks, too.
Don’t even think about leaving without one of Sunday In Brooklyn’s signature smores desserts. Chocolate soft serve topped with a toasted marshmallow and crispy wafer cookies. Definitely one that deserves a little square on the ‘Gram.
Sunday In Brooklyn is due to open on 22nd July.
Sunday In Brooklyn, 98 Westbourne Grove, London W2 5RU