I love the American institution of brunch. In the UK we have Sunday lunches but brunches are on a whole other level of variety and tastiness. I’ve argued with my UK friends about brunch; they think it’s either a pointless second breakfast or simply not enough fuel to get them through to dinner time. I argue back that they are just not going to the right places; they need to take their time of it, select well and preferably be in the US to eat it (dining well in London at least is a very hit and miss affair I find.)
I’m fast developing a ritualistic Sunday in Manhattan. I wake up, dress casual (quelle horreur), go to the gym (see my previous post, we’re in ‘SBR’ mode now Blog Reader), eat (mostly drink?!) a boozy unlimited-mimosa brunch* then flop in-front of the TV to watch some classic movies. Just perfect. On Sundays I always change my bag to something big enough for the gym and for taking my glossy magazines to the restaurant with me – I was feeling cheerful and colourful today so I swapped my everyday bag for a yellow holdall that I bought from French Connection. I can’t recall where my sandals are from but they take me for a walk every Spring. The rest of my outfit is from GAP, fast becoming a casual favourite in New York City for a dressed down Sunday. I’m wearing my new GAP flared jeans with one of their tees.
I had quite a look around GAP last time I visited their store – they have a lot of asymmetry going on at the moment so if this is your thing then get down there now. Here are my two top picks from what I saw, their Moto jacket and neoprene pant and an asymmetrical puff sleeve top (below):Images below from GAP.
Of all the restaurants and cafes I have visited since arriving in America, I have two favourite brunch locations. I’m always open to further suggestions, of course….! My number one favourite so far is Joseph Leonard in the West Village, they do amazing things with sprouts and avocado and the chef is an amazing conversationalist. Or he was with this chatty Brit abroad anyhow. My second favourite is 5 Ninth over in Meatpacking. I had brunch here not long after moving to the US and watched drag queens dancing around in the snow outside in the street. What an odd thing, I thought. But what a show! Try the Rose Rouge champagne cocktail if you visit as it tastes divine.
So here you have it. My NYC Sunday ritual and I love it. What are your Sunday rituals?