Who doesn’t love a good weekend brunch spot? But thats exactly the problem, everyone loves the best spots, so your attempt at an early-ish breakfast reservation turns into late late afternoon eggs and mimosas. Not ideal.
Since arriving to NYC, I’ve been on a mission to find a great brunch spot on a Saturday that doesn’t have a terribly long wait for a table. I am not sure if it was my lucky day or if Saturday happens to be the perfect time to try this local hidden gem, but Freemans in Nolita delivered. And when I say hidden I mean it- it’s down a narrow alley full of potholes and graffiti, but the decor at the end let’s you know you’re in good hands. It could seat a group of 4 with a mere 15 minute wait, just long enough for everyone to enjoy their bloody mary.
Freemans happens to be just a few blocks away from our apartment and is always an exciting place to bring visitors. Why? It’s down Freemans Alley- you feel like a legendary host when you lead your friends down popular Rivington street and then make a turn down what appears to be no more than the back of a building. There is something magical about a mysterious brick alley way, maybe its the Harry Potter Fan in me or the memories of curious back alley ways during my travels in Europe. At the end, an aqua door leads you to a rustic wooden eatery with old english charm.
The walls are covered with taxidermy and dusty bookshelves, it took everything in me not to pick at all the books to see if I might uncover a secret passage into some enchanted bar or private eating room. If you find it, let me know.
Over all our brunch was a success, I ordered the homemade granola and fruit bowl, and the boys filled the table mouth watering egg dishes including the smoked trout breakfast platter seen above. I would definitely recommend the bacon; I’m a big fan of crispy bacon and crispy it was! The cheese grits with a poached egg were everything you are looking for in a comforting breakfast dish (also known as: hangover dish for some). I can’t wait to come back and try the scrambled eggs on toast I saw crowding almost every other table.