Brunch at David Burke Kitchen, NYC

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Before Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast many families such as mine were preparing to celebrate Halloween.

And helping us in starting off those celebrations was David Burke Kitchen. My family and I were invited to carve pumpkins with expert carvers and mingle with David Burke himself at the David Burke Garden and afterwards we were welcomed to enjoy from their hearty and delicious brunch menu.

David Burke Kitchen is celebrated for its focus on locally-sourced ingredients and incorporating them in the American cuisine one is served there. The restaurant was named Forbes 2011 All-Star Eateries with an award of three stars. David Burke Kitchen opened in February 2011 and is located at The James Hotel New York.

Designed by James Beard Award-winner Thomas Schlesser,the restaurant is located on the lower level of the hotel. It is airy, spacious and bright. Its industrial design exudes warm colors that inspire diners to hang out maybe a little longer than they had planned. The bar serving brunch favorites, such as a the bourbon-mixed Bloody Mary might also encourage some lingering.

Everything I tried here was delicious.

We had the option to try their $29 prix fixe brunch, but decided instead to order individual items from the menu. We started with the burrata and the charcuterie platter. Nothing, I mean nothing beats starting your meal with a nice bite of burrata cheese melting in your mouth married with the crunchiness exterior of freshly baked sour dough bread, topped with salami. It’s almost too much.

Bacon Bloody Mary with bourbon/organic tomato/maple bacon

Maplebrook Farms Burrata with grilled sourdough and olive oil. Also shown: Charcuterie with sopressata, finocchiona & coppa.

Our main dishes were just as delightful and pretty much what an unforgettable brunch experience should taste like. We tried one of their specialty eggs Benedict versions, the Kitchen Eggs Benedict with crisp Italian sausage and sweet polenta along with garlicky spinach and tomato Hollandaise. ZOMG. It’s also good to go with a larger group so you can taste different things, because the Organic Egg Lobster Scramble with chorizo or vegetable and their Steak and Eggs with steak chili and home fries are a must try!

Steak and Eggs with steak chili and home fries

But leave room for dessert, the menu of which is too tempting to ignore.

There isn’t much for a kids menu, however, every Saturday David Burke Kitchen hosts a Pancake Social, where you have a a selection of pancakes to choose from along with other brunch items.

Thank you to Chef David Burke for hosting us, for the Halloween fun and the delightful culinary experience!

David Burke Kitchen 23 Grand Street Soho, NY 10013 Phone: 212.201.9119 Reservations recommended.


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Carol Cain

Carol is her happiest when on an adventure, either close to home or farther away. She's the mom to three fun boys and wife to a handsome Irish/Scot. She lives in New Jersey with her happy crew, but will always be a girl from Brooklyn. You can read her full profile here.

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