If you’ve ever wandered the brownstone-lined streets of the Upper West Side of Manhattan, you probably know what a special place it is. There’s a reason that this neighborhood has been used as the backdrop for movies like “You’ve Got Mail,” “West Side Story,” and “Ghostbusters.”
When it comes to dining – whether your a local to the area, visiting, or showing people around – we’ve got a special place for you. Introducing Kirsh Bakery and Kitchen!
Its clean, crisp design of white walls with navy padded booths and gorgeous lighting (I’m a sucker for anywhere with a neon sign) make you want to stay awhile. Friendly and knowledgeable staff will welcome you, set you, and will happily answer your menu questions.
We started off with some cocktails – duh! So first up, the “swimming pool.” Featuring Champagne, cranberry, and orange zest flavored ice made for a nice and fruity, refreshing, and flavorful cocktail perfect for sipping. We also ordered the “kirsh royal,” which contained Cava (Spanish sparkling wine) and homemade cherry syrup. Of the two, this one was a little more unique in flavor and super tasty. If you’re a fan of cherry then this one is perfect for you! Both came served in traditional Champagne glasses – the type you’d see Gatsby sipping from. Cheers to that!
When it came time to order our food, we opted for an omelet, cinnamon and pear french toast, and their shakshuka.
The omelette comes with the choice of two ingredients. We opted for the Gruyère cheese and roasted onion. You can also choose from mushroom, goat cheese, or cheddar. This is a generous dish served with home fries and toast on the side. The omelette itself was large, fluffy, and full of flavor. We’ve encountered many omelettes through the years that are somewhat lacking, underwhelming, and flat – but that wasn’t the case here. If you’re an egg or omelette person, this is a fantastic choice.
The French toast was delicious. The toast itself was thick and fluffy, with an enticing golden brown exterior, adding a lovely light crisp texture. Bitches are all about the texture! It wasn’t too heavy or overpowering, so you could really dig in and enjoy it without regretting it later. The pear wedges that come served atop the stack were coated in cinnamon and dusted with icing sugar, adding just the right amount of flavor but still keeping it fresh and light thanks to the pear element. This is an excellent dish for sharing – and for those with a sweet tooth!
For a third dish, we asked our server for a recommendation. There were just too many good options to choose from! He suggested that we try their shakshuka with mushroom. This one came topped with lots of grated cheese and a side of toast for dipping. This dish was delicious and encourages you to dip and taste at your own pace and discretion. It was full of flavor with fresh ingredients and an authentic taste.
After finishing up our meals and washing down our cocktails, we sat awhile, not wanting to leave just yet. The atmosphere is wonderful and friendly. And if you’re wanting to take a piece of Kirsh home with you, why not stop by at the bakery on your way out for some pastries or fresh bread?
The Bitches say: four Champagne flutes.
Whether you’re looking for a new local go-to or somewhere to impress visitors, this is the neighborhood hidden gem you’ve been looking for.
Kirsh Bakery and Kitchen serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.