You might be surprised to find Bluebird London, a charming but contemporary British brasserie inside of the Time Warner Center. While most New Yorkers wouldn’t dare to brunch in a mall, this is one exception we’d make, especially as it overlooks Columbus Circle.
The original Bluebird location, as its name would indicate, is in the heart of London. Since we can’t cross the Atlantic just for brunch, we’ll settle for the one in the city. The restaurant is spectacular inside and quite spacious. Upon entry, you’ll take in the adorable pastries in the bakery, then walk past a long illuminated bar and diverse seating options. The decor is bit of everything, from accents of plumage, plush seating, patterned pillows and more, but it all fits together nicely. On weekends, there’s a DJ during brunch to elevate the experience.
The menu has a range of English options from juices and smoothies, healthy bites, classic breakfast items and more. We were hoping to see more innovative options but sometimes classic can be comforting. We started with a cappuccino and a bellini to wash down the glorious breadbasket that arrived. This was an assortment of fluffy and golden pastries.
We noticed the restaurant was filled with a variety of folks, from families with small children, to a mix of young and older couples, groups of friends, and more. Based on the location, it was difficult to distinguish tourists from local residents. Bluebird London is bright, upscale, and certainly fit for an occasion or treating guests from out of town.
Next up we decided to share the Long Island burrata. The creamy cheese was delectable and so fresh. It tasted incredible with the sourdough bread served alongside. The burrata also comes with fig and an overwhelming amount of arugula for added flair.
The avocado toast seemed to be an appropriate choice for me. The gorgeous green farmhouse toast was prepared well but had more avocado (and arugula on the side) than I could handle. I’d say this was a fairly standard avocado toast. There wasn’t anything especially notable, unfortunately.
It’s not brunch without a Benny. The eggs Benedict were bright and beautifully presented. The fluffy eggs were prepared well and tasted great on top of an English muffin. The Hollandaise sauce was a bit too overpowering however.
Lastly, we had to end our meal on a sweet note. Clotted cream is a British staple so we ordered our lemon ricotta pancakes as the Brits do. The golden stacks were topped with sweet clotted cream, an assortment of berries and come with your choice of syrup. The pancakes were unbelievable and had a tangy citrus zest that we couldn’t resist.
The Bitches say: 3 and half flutes for a stunning restaurant with gorgeous views and tasty British brunch options.
Bluebird London NYC serves breakfast daily to go or to stay starting at 8 a.m (347) 534-3050