Riverpark: Non-frenzied brunch spot may be my new fave

26 Mar

The schlep to get to Riverpark is well worth it for the calm that awaits. The site of Tom Colicchio’s nouveau American spot—led by chef Sisha Ortúzar—is on the East River at 29th Street. To get there you have to walk waaaay east, past Bellevue, through a business plaza and alongside a farm where much of your meal’s produce is grown.

Decor is modern and sleek, while expansive water views keep the vibe comfortable. I think my blood pressure dropped the minute I walked in. There’s outdoor seating for the warmer months but we thought indoors was just as relaxing—our brunch lasted two hours. They take reservations, can accommodate large parties, the service is outstanding and it’s somehow kid-friendly and appropriate for business lunches at the same time. No scene, no waiting, no NYC drunken brunch craziness.

Food is pretty good, too—menu features twists on typical brunch fare, like a breakfast sandwich with fried green tomato and pork belly, and brisket with a poached egg served over hash browns. To share, we had the creamiest avocado spread slathered atop thick toast, along with cinnamon donuts (which should be saved for dessert). Our friends’ toddler loved the homemade vanilla ice cream. This is one of the best places to bring out-of-town guests. Or just go with other city dwellers—and be glad you live here.

One Response to “Riverpark: Non-frenzied brunch spot may be my new fave”

  1. Laura Manske March 26, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    I adore Riverpark! You know cool things, Stephanie! 😉

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