After the snow storm last Friday, Spring had briefly made an appearance in NYC and we took advantage of the beautiful sunny Saturday with brunch! oh how i’ve missed it so! :-) the Brindle Room has a very special spot in my heart and i’ve always wanted it to share it with ppl (though not too many ppl, i’m afraid the restaurant being so popular that food and quality will go downhill, not to mention i won’t be able to snatch a seat. haha. call me selfish!) this time, i brought Christian here and does he like it? gotta read on for the verdict!
a typewriter by the window, very cool.
i had made a reservation for 2:30, Christian was running late and the staff was nice enough to hold it for about 20 minutes, but still, MTA was being lame and he didn’t show up until 30 minutes later. boo!
chocolate hazelnut (left) and salted caramel (right) donut
i’ve lusted after the salted caramel donuts for months and finally got my hands on them! yay. they’re just as good as i remember, warm, made-to-order, drizzled with buttery caramel. i’ve also tried the chocolate hazelnut (coated with almond slices), good but the salted caramel definitely took the cake.
SEBASTIAN’S STEAKHOUSE BURGER
Caramelized onion, pickle, fires.
Christian is a burger connoisseur and i’ve always wanted to bring him here since they have a reputation for serving one of the best burgers in NYC. the burger is made with a thick beef patty, topped with choice of cheese (american, swiss, and etc..) and caramelized onions. the patty was thick, juicy, meaty, flavorful; the cheese and sweet caramelized onions were great toppings. we have also paid extra to add bacon to the burger, yummy! however, the buns were not up to par, it fell apart midway through the meal. i think it would’ve been better if they served it on a heartier bread, brioche or english muffin (surprise, surprise, english muffins actually make good burger buns.) perhaps? the fries were thicker-cut, crispy, and not too greasy.
BISCUITS & GRAVY Bacon, poached eggs
perfectly cooked poached eggs
i was homesick and wanted southern food; the Brindle Room delivered. my biscuits and gravy was delicious! the gravy was creamy, rich, loaded with sausage chunks, though more black pepper would be even better. the biscuits were tender and buttery, however, a bit lukewarm. bacon was crispy, poached eggs were perfectly cooked, the beautiful yoke oozes out slowly as i cut through it. it was a flavorful bite. Christian thought it was a good, hearty choice, “bacon, sausage, gravy, biscuit, perfect breakfast to have it all!” my friend Cristofer, who went there on the same day and got the same dish, loved it and raved that it was one of the best brunch he ever ate; and that he almost “licked his plate clean!” though there were minor flaws, Brindle Room’s biscuits and gravy somewhat alleviated my homesickness.
our yummy brunch spread
house-made hot sauce
the hot sauce was one of the highlights of our meal. it was smoky, sassy, and gives you a HUGE kick when you least expected it. like the label suggested, we put it on everything and it instantly made everything taste even better. the gravy started to have more character, the salty bacon had a different profile, and dipped with fries, delicious! the restaurant sells it for $6 a bottle, i think i should get one when i visit them next time. haha.
great staff as always, awesome food, and i always look forward to my next visit.
277 E 10th St
(between 1st Ave & Avenue A)
New York, NY 10009
Neighborhoods: East Village, Alphabet City