The Butcher's Daughter

Open Hours: Sun-Thurs 8:00AM-10:00PM; Fri-Sat 8:00AM-11:00PM 

Phone number: 212 219 3434 

Price Range: $15-$25

Address: 19 Kenmare Street 

Website: www.thebutchersdaughter.com 

Station: 4, 6, 6X, J, B, D


Sole reason why I woke up this morning was to head over to Nolita to have brunch at The Butcher’s Daughter with an old high school best friend. I heard so much about this place that I was determined to figure out what all the hype was about.

Take note that this place is tiny and doesn’t take any reservations so be sure to get here early. Since we got there by 11AM, we were able to get seats by the counter (and even then the seats were scarce), but within 10minutes of arriving, there was already a line of people waiting at the door.

With just one scan of the room, I instantly fell in love with their quaint interior design. Everything from their dangling pulleys to little potted plants to their white brick walls to even their glass bottled leaf water gave the place a cozy cottage house feel. Even the waiters were sporting cute health shirts that read either “Beet it” or “We serve designer kale”. I spent so much time admiring their décor and taking photos that I almost forgot to order. 

Both my friend and I had heard so much about the Smashed Avocado Toast Benedict that neither one of us would back down and order another dish to try. I had mine without hollandaise sauce. 

I’ve got to say I was highly disappointed with this brunch choice. Not only did the two slices of bread come in a small measly portion, but they were also soggy and rather unpleasant to down. The poached eggs were equally (if not more) disappointing; I was shocked to find how poorly poached they were with egg white still runny and dripping out from the sides. The smashed avocado was probably the only thing that I found somewhat adequate. Quite dismayed to report that the roasted potato hash were not any better. The dish was just bland and tasteless overall and no amount of pepper could change that. 

Unfortunately, my friend got the same order, but she also ordered a bowl of fruits to go with her meal. 

At least the fruits were fresh and nicely cut. We were instantly given agave upon request. 

 Receipts came in cute little buckets 

Receipts came in cute little buckets 

 Back of the restaurant has limited communal seating 

Back of the restaurant has limited communal seating 

Overall, the only highlight of this joint was the atmosphere experience. I loved the concept and design of the entire place even if spacing was a bit cramped but the unsatisfying low quality food is something hard to defend. Not gonna lie, I’m not the biggest morning person and can be quite a harsh food critic when my poached eggs are botched first thing Sunday morning.  

(PS: I learned my lesson - never order the same dish if you've never been to the restaurant before)