The best brunch spot in New York: The Butcher’s Daughter, Nolita

My list of places to eat in New York far outweighed my list of places to see. But I have been before, so I felt it was only fair that I move my attention away from viewing decks and shopping malls and on to buffets and brunches…

Top of my must-visit roster was a vegan (don’t leave yet!) place renowned for its brunch menu. You’ve probably heard of it from your foodiest of friends; it goes by the name of The Butcher’s Daughter and defines itself as a cafe, juice bar, and ‘vegetable slaughterhouse’. And everything is seasonal and locally sourced where possible. Good eh?

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Just to look at, you know it’s going to be an Insta-worthy haven and that despite the mid-November temperatures, you’ll have to sit outside and watch Nolita’s residents brush by. It’s small, and the ‘terrace’ area is basically a cordoned off bit of sidewalk that borders the restaurant. It’s fresh and minimalist with plants a plenty and pops of colour coming from the juices and jars inside.

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The staff are friendly enough – it’s New York – and the service is good, so definitely hit The Butcher’s Daughter up in you want a quick something-something before shooting off for a day of exploring. The vegan brunch menu isn’t extensive but it covers a lot of ground from smoothies and hot drinks to healthy shots, as well as bagels, muesli, yoghurt, eggs and pancakes.

True to form, I went for smashed avocado on toast with an egg on top, which was a real treat, especially after half a week of pastry for breakfast, hot dogs for lunch and pizza for dinner, with very little in the way of fruit or veg on any of it. My avocado was mixed with curry powder, mustard seeds, and lots of lime, and the bread was not 5, not 6, but 7 grain! The egg was cooked perfectly and the whole thing came with a few chunks of refreshing watermelon. I washed it down with a Brass Monkey smoothie: frozen banana, peanut butter, honey, almond butter, almond milk, and matcha. Mmmmmm. Alex was also feeling the effects of NYC’s finest burger joints and opted for a much-needed bowl of health, which came with coconut yoghurt (a favourite in NYC), fresh fruit, and homemade goji berry granola. He washed it down with a vat of punchy coffee ’cause we become reliant on the stuff on holiday. #lazy

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Total cost for 2 at The Butcher’s Daughter, Nolita: $30

If you’re planning a trip to NYC, I’d really recommend The Butcher’s Daughter in Nolita, and I’d really recommend staying nearby too. We were a couple of streets away and the vibe is super arty and cool. Plus, you’ll be near to The Good Egg, Balthazar’s, and Dominique Ansel – it’s a brunch hot spot!

The Butcher’s Daughter, Nolita, 19 Kenmare Street, NYC — 10012

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