10/27/16 Update from the Bitches: This restaurant is now closed.
On a rare early summer morning when we woke up to a wide open calendar of freedom in New York City, we set off for brunch in walking distance at hidden gem King Bee. Between wedding planning, marathon training, and warm weather travel, free time has been more and more precious this summer. Brunch this morning felt like a celebration.
The King Bee is located on a beautiful shaded street in Alphabet City that feels more like Gramercy with its decorated row houses.
What immediately struck me when we stepped inside was the long green bar. New Orleans art decorated the walls, paired with simple wooden furniture and rustic details, making the restaurant feel like a curated combo between farm accents and Southern inspiration. We cozied up in a corner table, which was flooded with light despite the restaurant being a step underground.
The brunch menu was really unique. With subtle Creole influences scattered throughout, I felt like I’d returned to New Orleans.
We started with the ployes with maple cream and smoked trout roe, which was a cross between a miniature buckwheat pancake and an everything bagel. This was definitely the star of the show.
For the main event, Paul ordered the green eggs, which was baked eggs served in a z’herbes gumbo sauce with ham. This dish was very light, which was the opposite of what we’d imagined with gumbo in the description. It was also extremely zesty, paying homage to the “green” in green eggs. We thought this was a good Southern spin on green eggs and ham, but would have liked it to be a bit heartier for an entree, since the plate was so small.
I ordered the buckwheat crepe galette, which caught my eye because of the variety of savory filling options. I’m used to crepes with Nutella, but don’t often see crepes like the one I ordered, served with smoked ham, Reading Raclette cheese, spinach, and egg. This was airy and delicious, and I loved the housemade buckwheat.
The Bitches say: B+. Try King Bee for refreshing, light brunch dishes that will whisk you away to New Orleans for the morning.
424 East 9th St
King Bee serves brunch on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.