10/27/16 Update from the Bitches: This restaurant is now closed.
Weekends in New York are always a welcome getaway for this Washingtonian. Despite the wonderful food culture and great social scene in Washington, New York just offers something more. As we continue to take our Bitching and brunching national, I enjoy mixing work and pleasure while checking in on our Bitches. New York was first. Next, Chicago.
A few months back, I was in New York for Bitch business and for play with my slew of friends who have left Washington for bigger, brighter city lights (and more brunch options). I sat down to brunch with Nikki, a former DC resident but tried-and-true New Yorker. Nikki captures her outfits with sass at Sew Fetch, one of the hundreds of thousands of personal style blogs created by millennials.
Nikki provided three options for brunch, and based on the stunning setting shown in pictures on the web, Kingswood was the restaurant I selected.
As I walked up to Kingswood, I knew I had made the right choice by the unique exterior. Natural wooden benches sit in front of large floor-to-ceiling windows at the restaurant’s façade, with a leafy overhang above them. Upon entering, you see a lovely white, wooden bar with vintage industrial stools in the center of the restaurant that’s perfect for a fun ambiance come time for dinner and cocktails.
The restaurant was enormous by West Village standards, and was fairly empty when we sat down in the back of the restaurant in Thonnet chairs placed at a wooden table.
We began with our two favorite things, which don’t pair well together at all: beignets and oysters.
The oysters were fresh and delicious, served simply on ice with lemon wedges and no other accouterments like mignonette or cocktail sauce. I would have preferred some sauce or maybe I just should not have been eating oysters so soon after waking.
The bite-sized beignets were sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with lemon curd for dipping. They were good, but not anything out of the ordinary—and would have been boring without the lemon curd.
For my entrée, I selected the smoked salmon scramble. Eggs hard scrambled with chives, crème fraiche, and salmon were piled atop a fresh, warm, moist biscuit. It hit the spot and was just the right portion. A hair helping of arugula in a very light dressing was a nice, healthy touch and was delicious when added to the salmon scramble.
Nikki had dined at Kingswood before, and opted for a dish she knew she liked: the avocado toast, accented with lemon and chili.
The space is a great place for a brunch date, group brunch, or just a reliable go-to. The service was attentive but not overbearing and the prices were reasonable.
The Bitches say: B+. A fresh, gourmet reliable brunch in a calming, serene ambiance. The prices are affordable for New York and the food delicious.
121 W 10th St.
New York, NY
Kingswood serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.