If you’re looking for a weekday brunch spot that’s good for groups and family friendly—look no further than Citizens of Chelsea. This Australian-run café is a perfect weekday brunch option for friends looking to meet up for a quick brekkie, and is an excellent option for those looking for a healthy or light bite.
The Australians know a thing or two about coffee and Instagrammable spaces, and Citizens of Chelsea brings both—plus lots of greenery hanging from the ceilings and natural light pouring through the windows. There are large wooden communal tables to the left, with a neon sign brandishing the words “Home for the Holidays” surrounded by tropical greenery. To the right, is a to-go coffee counter with high-tops seating around the windows.
We were seated at a communal table, and well taken care of by a rotation of mostly Aussie waiters who were dexterous at whisking platters of breakfast to the table while simultaneously answering questions before rushing to the next task. Citizens of Chelsea seems like it may always be busy.
We loved our lattes—a Chai tea and Matcha, respectively. The coffee program at Citizens is exemplary—quality coffee roasts, well blended, and yes—there is latte art. Plus, there are dairy-free options, which we always appreciate.
To pair with out lattes, we obviously ordered mimosas—the classic and the rosé varietals. The classic mimosa was just that: fresh, bubbly, frothy, and just right. However, the rosé mimosa was just a bit too tart for our liking—the grapefruit juice and the rosé were not a match made in brunch heaven.
Obviously, the Bitches ordered the Barbie bowl, a bright pink bowl of pitaya blended with Greek yogurt, topped with peanut butter, bee pollen, house-made granola and fresh fruit. The Greek yogurt and peanut butter added a density and smoothness that was satisfying, while the granola gave it the perfect texture and crunch. The sliced bananas and strawberries were fresh—this is a great breakfast dish to order, and we may even attempt to make it at home.
The pulled pork Benny was an exceptional savory, hearty dish; a welcome addition to the menu among the smoothie bowls, yogurts, and lighter fare. It was packed with flavor: classic, slow-cooked pulled pork in a flavorful red BBQ sauce, served with two poached eggs atop baked potatoes with a spicy chipotle Hollandaise, which added a great layer of smokey, creamy flavor. We loved the twist on an English muffin substituted for potato. The plate quickly devolved into a mess of pork, eggs, sauce, and potato in the best possible way—I would return for this dish over and over again.
The must-order breakfast dish is definitely the fluffy chocolate pancakes, a stack of thick cocoa-hazelnut flapjacks, topped with a heaping helping of a maple cashew ricotta, which was a flavorful, sweet and chunky spread. If that wasn’t enough, the pancakes were sprinkled with Nutella powder, chocolate sauce, sliced strawberries, bananas, and crumbled hazelnuts. They were utterly beautiful—and decadent without being cloyingly sweet.
Citizens Of also has a location in Gramercy and you can bet we’ll be scooting over there for seconds.
The Bitches say: A. Citizens of Chelsea is an excellent brunch spot for those looking for a casual, delicious and healthy bite. The coffee program is excellent, the aesthetic is adorable, and the restaurants are family-friendly and great for groups. Leave it to the Aussies to create a spot that’s loved by most everyone.
Citizens of Chelsea is open everyday for brunch fare.