I decided to make Loring Place my inaugural solo brunch. Serving up fresh farm-to-table dishes in the heart of Greenwich Village, Chef Dan Kluger’s flavor packs every menu item beyond belief.
Best known for overseeing the kitchen at acclaimed ABC Kitchen, this New York native sources his ingredients straight from farmers at the Union Square Greenmarket. Boy, was this some of the freshest, most crisp produce I’ve come across in my time in New York City.
With a whiff of confidence and my camera and pen in hand, I went at it like a serious food critic here at Loring Place. Walking into the chic space, I was greeted by several kind hostesses and a fresh yet midcentury ambiance.
The incredible aura of this restaurant came over me the second I sat down. Not only are their ingredients marvelously fresh, Loring Place will put you in a rejuvenated mood with its crisp decor and health conscious crowd. I opted for a bite of almost every dish on the brunch menu—but beware everything is SO delicious. This is not recommended for those with a lack of self-control (aka me).
The extravaganza began with the delightful Georgia mocktail, a delectable combination of lavender lemonade, elderflower, and soda, and Loring Place’s signature morning bun.
Not being a sweet brunch or cinnamon fan, I wasn’t raving about the morning bun. Instead, I’d love to praise the trio of colorful salads I ordered next off the small plates portion of the menu. In perfect sharing portions, the summer beans, grilled strawberry, and wood grilled broccoli salads arrived on my table. The vibrant dishes brought even more life to my table, which was already filled with afternoon sunlight.
The summer beans are an absolute must-have while they’re still on the brunch menu this season. Perfectly al dente green and yellow beans were paired with square cuts of peaches and trickled with goat cheese chunks for an unexpected yet euphoric flavor combo.
The entrees came next. I kept the summer beans at my table because they were that worth it. If I could, would probably keep a tupperware of the dish in my handbag at all times. By recommendation of the waiter, the Toad in a Hole was brought to the table. For those unfamiliar with this dish, it was basically a sliced avocado sandwich with a poached egg set right in a carved out hole and flush with the slice of toast. The flavors tasted amazing, but it was a bit of a battle to fork and knife.
And just because lox are my weakness, I finished off the meal with a slice of smoked salmon whole wheat pizza. Salmon on a pizza doesn’t exactly sound like the most delectable treat, I know, but this version used cream cheese instead of sauce. To round out the bagel-like inspiration, the personal size pizza was topped with fennel, dill, and “everything crumbs.” Guaranteed this will become your new favorite version of breakfast pizza.
Enjoying a peaceful solo brunch every once in awhile can be a serious refresh and recharge. A spot like Loring Place, with its locally sourced ingredients and warm-hearted staff, is the perfect location to do just that. If you aren’t ready to mark independent diner off your bucket list just yet, this restaurant would also make an ideal location for a ladies’ catch-up session in the village.
The Bitches say: A. Loring Place is the epitome of fresh, farm-to-table cuisine in New York City. Chef Dan Kluger has really outdone himself with this one. If looking for a crisp, delectable bite, this Greenwich Village spot is a must!
21 W 8th St
New York, NY 10011
Loring Place serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.