A pleasant surprise at New York’s Artisanal Fromergie Bistro (2 Park Avenue, NYC) for a midtown brunch. I had been to this Murray Hill bistro many times in the past. It was always busy, crowded with business lunch and media exec types. Yet, I never imagined it would be jam-packed for Sunday brunch since it’s a bit off the beaten path.
Well, fortunately I made a reservation or we’d be standing in line. The brunch and cheese menus had eager diners lining up outside the door with good reason. The food’s great.
They take cheese seriously here and have a temperature-controlled cheese cave to shield their offerings from all over the world. Yet, it’s brunch and that means mimosas and something sweet. I opted for the Almond Croissant French Toast, stuffed with the creamiest almond cheese blend and served with a not-to-sweet apricot compote. My zia would shake her head if she knew we paid $16.50 for a croissant but this is midtown and Sunday brunch doesn’t come cheap.
My Italian friend ordered a “flight” of three seasonal cheese. I guess a “flight” is a fancy word for assortment. He left the choice to the house and specifically asked for American cheese since he was visiting the U.S. Bravo to him, while the waitress thought it rather odd.
Oh, and just in case you can’t find Artisanal, the front entrance is actually on East 32nd Street and not at 2 Park Avenue. It’s about a 10 minute walk from Grand Central Station for a great NYC brunch and the vibe to match.