While it’s often overlooked in favour of Manhattan’s trendier districts (Lower Eastside and Meatpacking), Midtown is one of the best places in the Big Apple to track down that definitive NYC meal – brunch.
The Peacock at the William Hotel is one of the hottest spots for brunch this year. Much of the hype is down to its House Blend burger ($20). A patty made up of New York strip steak combined with skirt, short rib and chuck beef, this meaty monster is topped with smoked bacon, Brooklyn brine pickles, cheddar, red onion, lettuce and burger sauce, and served with triple-cooked chips. Also on the brunch menu are eggs Benedict with crumpet, bacon, spinach and hollandaise ($15) and scotch pancakes with caramel maple apples and cinnamon cream ($14).
For many New Yorkers, nothing beats a Mexican breakfast, and British expat chef April Bloomfield’s Salvation Taco, far right, just down the road in Murray Hill, serves a fine selection of Mexican-inspired brunch dishes. These include a house-smoked tasso (Louisiana ham) and egg burrito ($10) and fried fish tacos with Mayan mayo and pickled red onions ($17). You can always count on America/Korean chef David Chang to come up with something different, and at his Midtown Momofuku restaurant Ma Peche, an exciting new brunch menu is based around dim sum. Its rotating selection of plates includes the likes of cod fritters ($8) and chicken and waffles ($18).
But for the classic midtown Manhattan brunch experience, hold out until October, when midtown’s glamorous Rainbow Room reopens in the Rockefeller Center. The main attraction will be a weekly Sunday brunch. Menu items are yet to be confirmed, but expect elegant, modern interpretations of classic American dishes.
HOW TO DO IT: Return flights from Gatwick to JFK start from around £450 (norwegian.com).
Double rooms at Pod 39 cost from $225 (thepodhotel.com).