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Bubby’s Brunch

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A note from the Bitches: In anticipation of our launch of Bitches Who Brunch NYC (yes, you heard that correctly!), we’re stocking up on our New York brunch reviews. Today we have Ally, a sassy Midwestern gal who recently moved to New York from the District, providing a review of her current fave spot, Bubby’s. Here’s her Bitching. 

Since making the DC-to-NYC migration about six months ago, I admittedly have been eating my way across the city guided deftly by word-of-mouth recommendations, Foursquare check-ins and the ever-omnipresent Yelp reviewer community.

Regardless of the source or of neighborhood allegiances, one establishment always graces the top of any list—Bubby’s in TriBeCa. With its roots as a wholesale pie company founded in the ’90s, I came to brunch expecting an ethereal pastry experience. Bubby’s, you had me at Mixed Baked Goods Basket.

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I rushed into Bubby’s to meet four of my besties out of breath and jello-legged from a nearby SoulCycle class in preparation of said bread basket. We were greeted by a cheerful hostess bearing the great news of a surprisingly short wait (Bubby’s is walk-in only for brunch) and enjoyed a round of cocktails in the cozy yet airy bar area surrounded by cases of Bubby’s famous hand rolled pies.

The crowd was what you’d expect at a TriBeCa star-studded mainstay—a mix of young starter families and waifish model-types. Unfortunately, the closest we got to a celebrity sighting was my Google Alert of Amanda Bynes’ latest mishap and the tip-off from our adorable waiter that Emma Stone dines at Bubby’s nearly every day. Except that she was currently in Paris. Le sigh.

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Bubby’s claims to “defend the American table” sourcing local and quality ingredients for its traditional American fare. Everything is made from scratch and our amiable server was knowledgeable about the overall farm-to-table process.

We began our meal with more drinks (obviously), which were all served with a fresh garnish out of generously sized mason jars. I’m a sucker for anywhere that serves drinks out of mason jars. The house-made watermelon lemonade was a standout, especially while battling New York’s heat wave and a slight hangover.

Right off the bat, we quickly ordered the Mixed Baked Goods Basket and it didn’t disappoint. The pastries were hot out of the oven and included a homemade pop tart, blueberry scones, banana walnut bread, and cinnamon sticky buns. Holy carboload. The basket was devoured in seconds. The sticky buns melted in my mouth, the walnut bread was perfectly soft, and the pop tart provided an artisanal twist on a nostalgic favorite.

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As a main course, I opted for the Griddle Special, one of the most popular menu items, which included Bubby’s famous pancakes, choice of meat and eggs any way. The classic sour cream pancakes topped with fresh blueberry compote, a James Beard recipe, truly stole the show.

I reluctantly shared my pancakes with the table, which were dubbed as best pancakes they’ve ever had by many of my fellow diners. The pancakes were fluffy, moist and filling. The chicken apple sausage and poached eggs were traditional and well-prepared.

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Jaime had the pastrami Reuben sandwich complete with house cured sauerkraut, gruyere and Russian dressing. She chose spicy broccoli and garlic as her side dish to offset the monstrously sized sandwich. Overall, she noted it was a quintessential Reuben that was evenly balanced with flaky house bread, tender corned beef and sauerkraut that could have come from her grandmother’s kitchen. If you have met Grandma Honey, that sets the bar extremely high.

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Daniel stole a page from Becca’s book and went with the eggs Benny. He noted that this traditional dish was better than most benedicts he’s sampled in the past with perfectly cooked eggs, but it was “nothing special.” His favorite part of the dish was the potatoes on the side, particularly the coarsely chopped texture of the taters and crispy skin.

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As an Arizona native, Andrew can never turn down a Mexican brunch dish so the Huevos Rancheros was a no-brainer. The cotija cheese and avocados were fresh and creamy, while the ranchero sauce provided a peppery kick. However, the Huevos Racheros did not impress this Mexican food snob and I caught him stealing extra bites of my pancakes throughout the meal. Overall, the Huevos Rancheros dish was “good, but not great” and Andrew recommended sticking with classic American cuisine for his next meal at Bubby’s.

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Jen went the healthy route and ordered the veggie burger over greens. She was all smiles and complimented the texture and flavor of the burger. Often times, veggie burgers are bland and fried, but this dish was extremely rich and filling. She added ranchero sauce to satisfy her spicy palette and cleaned her plate quickly.

Our waiter claimed that Bubby’s bacon was the best swine of his life so with that endorsement we promptly ordered two servings for the table. That’s a pretty lofty claim and sadly it was the low point of our meal. The bacon was thickly sliced and house-cured, but too soft and unseasoned for the likes of the group. And, in our opinion, the small portions didn’t warrant the $8 price tag.

In the end, the entire group had to be practically rolled out of the restaurant and didn’t eat again until dinner. The service was prompt and charming, and we were shocked to learn that Bubby’s is open 24 hours with a Midnight Brunch. Thank goodness I live on the East Side otherwise I may have found myself stumbling in late night with dreams of those sour cream pancakes. Carbs don’t count on the weekends, right?

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The Bitches say: A-. The baked goods at Bubby’s knock it out of the park, but the traditional, savory brunch items weren’t particularly noteworthy. Come to Bubby’s for a warm, friendly ambiance and sweet treats.

Bubby’s
120 Hudson St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 219-0666

Bubby’s serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a Midnight Brunch from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

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Brunch Date, Family Friendly, Group Brunch

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  1. I’m ecstatic that your blog is coming to NYC! I just moved back here after being in DC for 2 years and was so going to miss your amazing posts! I also love Bubby’s, but have only been for lunch. So excited to try it out for brunch!

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