In the city that never sleeps, a lazy Sunday brunch in New York wraps the perfect weekend in a nice big bow. A funky place to enjoy a crisp autumn brunch before catching a weekend matinee is the Bourbon Street Bar and Grille (346 W. 46th Street) on Restaurant Row in the Theater District.
While the brunch menu is not extensive, it is good and the portions are generous. The French Toast is fluffy and not over-fried, sprinkled with powdered sugar and a complement of fresh berries and bacon. Certainly, there could have been more berries on the plate for $14 but that deficiency was made up for with fantastic home fries and it takes a lot to impress us here with home fries. Bourbon Street spices things up, as you’d expect with a N’Awlins flare, adding onions and peppery spices with a kick to the potatoes and toss in a rasher of bacon.
The Mimosa was good and if we had more time, they would’ve been a bargain at $16.50 for a pitcher.
My friend had the three-egg custom omelette, which they create based on your desires, and it was huge. Unfortunately they didn’t have anything available except white bread and no cappuccino either. What? Seriously? I know you’re a N’Awlins style restaurant but you are in New York, after all. No cappuccino in the morning is almost sacrilegious.
Our waiter, Billy, was entertaining and obliging so he made up for the minimal brunch menu. Finding a New York brunch worthy of a leisurely Sunday is sometimes difficult in the Theater District. Yet, being able to sit outside, above the traffic, on a sunny, crisp autumn day is always a bonus and the Bourbon Street Bar and Grille delivers.