Open Hours: Mon 10:30AM-12:00AM; Tues-Fri 8:00AM-2:00AM; Sat 9:00AM-2:00AM; Sun 9:00AM-12:00AM
Phone Number: 646 429 8383
Price Range: $20-25
Address: 170 Waverly Place
Station: 1, 2, Christopher Street; A, B, C, D, E, F, M W4Street; 1, 2, 3 14Street
How do I spend my last meal in NYC (at least until next year)? You guessed it – turned down the option of grabbing take out and dragged my suitcase to Joseph Leonard to have one last brunch.
The cozy cottage-like restaurant is intimate yet refreshingly welcoming. Vintage frames and mirrors are nailed across the worn out brick walls while other antique (and quite random) items such as ragged books and tin cans are scattered around the room.
The bar is centered in the middle of the joint surrounded by steel stools.
I chose this place mainly because they serve breakfast food until 3:30PM. My friend started us off by ordering Saucisson a Lail.
Slices of garlic fatty pork and sausage as well as the poached eggs were standard. Mostly impressed with their thick, yet crispy fried hashbrown topped with their crème fraiche.
Next we had the Spring Vegetable Omelette.
Meh, ain’t worth your buck. Don’t go ordering this when you can clearly replicate it at home.
Lastly, we had the "Benedict".
Interesting use of pain perdu as a base, which made the texture soft and spongy, similar to banana bread. Salmon was fresh and yolk of the poached egg oozed out perfectly. I’d give this order a go, but note that portions are not significantly large.
Overall highlights of this restaurant include the atmosphere, amicable service and interesting take on eggs Benedict. Although quaint (perfect for a quick work break chat), the food here didn’t blow me out of the waters and I would really wouldn't hesitate to cross the street and eat at CHALAIT.