Best Brunches in New York: Nolita House
Few can deny the appeal of Sunday brunch. It's a clash of indulgences -- sleeping late, overeating, and consuming alcohol at inappropriate times. New Yorkers understand this trio of pleasures and have transformed brunch into a weekly ritual. As with anything popular in Manhattan, this means lines, and lots of waiting. If you're going to sit on a narrow windowsill for an hour starving for a table, the food and the atmosphere better be good. That's where we come in.
Every Sunday at Nolita House, a quartet of musicians bring in their banjos, fiddles, harmonicas, and stomping feet for the weekly Bluegrass Brunch. Sounds loud, but the music coincides with the raucous, happy-to-be-alive feeling of late Sunday mornings in New York. Yellowed class photos, chalkboards, and family artifacts line the walls -- the schoolhouse theme is corny enough to give the place kitsch without being annoying.
If the band quits tomorrow, we'd still go for the food alone. The brick oven eggs are the brunch specialty -- eggs, bread, spinach, blackforest ham, and cheddar baked in a crock. Surround it with a cup of coffee, a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice, and a bloody mary. Followed by a nap, of course.