The restaurant scene is ever-changing in cities like the Big Apple so when a restaurant lasts for years in New York, then you know it has to be good. Rue 57 (60 W. 57th Street) is one of those places I visit time and time again, so much so that this foodie scene took a prominent place in the first book of the Mickey Malone Mystery Series, “Shrouded in Pompei.”
This particular day I was looking for a brunch place to solo dine and happened to be in midtown. My feet pointed in the direction of Sixth Avenue and 57th Street and was warmly greeted by the friendly staff. They also didn’t mind seating a solo diner front and center in the restaurant. Score big points for that.
My eyes landed upon the Brioche French Toast served with fresh strawberries, vanilla laced mascarpone and warm maple syrup. Oh yum! Can you say Rue la la!!! The vanilla laced cheese added the sweetest touch to the brioche cooked to buttery, toasty perfection. I wasn’t rushed but left to people watch both inside the brasserie and outside on busy West 57th Street.
I saw too many tourists browse the posted menu on the window and walk by after checking the prices. Wake up and smell the cappuccino, people. Where can you find GREAT brunch every day in midtown Manhattan for under $20? The answer should always be Rue 57, a great foodie travel find for brunch bites in midtown Manhattan.