This particular weekend, I set off seeking a restaurant that hasn’t been heavily discussed in my group of friends. I find that the city’s most popular food publications tend to drive my brunch schedule, and I liked the idea of being a trendsetter.
We walked down to Noho to see what struck our fancy and stumbled upon Le Philosophe on Bond Street, one of my favorite streets in NYC. I was hesitant to enter because the restaurant was literally empty, but ultimately decided I wasn’t going to pass judgment.
It’s weird being the only diner when you’re used to waits of eager brunch-goers reaching two hours, but we embraced the intimacy that came with no neighboring conversations and the solo attention from our waiter.
Le Philosophe reminded me of a European cafe, especially when they served our lattes in glass mugs. The walls were decorated with black and white photos, and the purveyors and farms were scrawled on a large chalkboard above the kitchen.
We started with the eggs florentine served with sauce choron, which was a refreshing change from the typical Hollandaise. The wilted spinach on the toasted bun and the addition of grilled ham was a nice finishing touch, but we’ve seen this dish before.
We also ordered the duck hash with duck confit, roasted poblano, caramelized onions, crispy potatoes, fried egg, and grilled bread. We found that this was slightly different than other hashes we’ve had in the past. Though fried, the egg was cooked through, and the roasted poblano added nice flavor to the dish.
We also ordered the caramelized Brussels sprouts with pistachio and mustard seed as a side, which were awesome. Thick, smoked bacon bits complemented the mustard flavor perfectly. Though petite, this was our favorite bite of the brunch.
I’ll also add that though it was relatively quiet through the meal, the few folks that did trickle in were families, which tells me it’s seemingly accommodating to young ones, perhaps because of the lack of bustle.
The Bitches say: B. It was a good, solid meal with no surprises, but it lacked the pizazz that us New Yorkers seek in our city brunches.
55 Bond St.
New York, NY
Le Philosophe serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.