There’s a new spot to see and be seen at during brunch in the city, and it’s no surprise that it’s down in Nolita. Prominently positioned on the corner of Broome and Mott, Shoo Shoo beckons brunchers from outside with its bright grey and white façade, black-and-white bistro chairs, and retro-style clock brandishing its namesake.
Inside, the bright, airy interior is perfectly millennial with an abundance of Carrara marble countertops and potted fiddle leaf ferns and assorted greenery. On a chilly Saturday in February, Shoo Shoo was filled to the brim with impossibly stylish 20- and 30-somethings, dressed for brunch. If you’re missing Fashion Week and want to people watch and judge outfits, then you should head to brunch at Shoo Shoo.
We had a charming bistro-style table for two and were greeted by several pleasant staffers. The service was friendly, effective, and speedy, from the waiter to the busboy and everyone in between.
We were equally enticed by the healthy juices and the brunch cocktails. The pressed juice options are red (beets, green apple, celery, ginger), orange (turmeric, carrot, orange, parsley root, ginger), and green (kale, spinach, green apple, fennel). The green juice was fresh, frothy, and sweet—the green apple added the necessary sweetness to make this juice enjoyable.
The brunch cocktails at Shoo Shoo are inventive, beautiful, and refreshing. The Shoo Shoo cocktail was a bright purple beverage crafted with Arak, St. Germain, blackberry, and lemon, served in a coupe. Arak, an Asian liqueur with a licorice-like taste, added a depth to the flavor profile, while the acidity of the lemon cut through the sweetness perfectly.
Our second cocktail, The Colonial, was a bright orange confection served in a low ball and made with Aperol, Ford’s Gin, sparkling rosé, lemon, and rhubarb. This was an exceptional cocktail with a unique, memorable flavor profile that we’d love to drink day or night.
With its Mediterranean menu, Shoo Shoo provides many options for vegetarians and healthy diners. We couldn’t decide between the Israeli salad, Greek salad, or cauliflower Caesar to start, but ended up selecting the roasted zucchini marinated in olive oil atop a creamy labneh and fresh mint. This is a healthy, shareable starter or side for those looking to add some greens to the table.
We also shared the Deep Purple smoothie bowl, a must for those who love smoothies, acai bowls, and assorted breakfast puddings. This bowl was packed with all of the healthy things: banana, raw tahini, cinnamon, almond milk, and maca were blended together for a smooth, creamy mixture that was the color purple but tasted more like chocolate. The bowl was filled with fresh slices of banana, mango, and blueberries, and topped with oodles more of healthy sprinkles: cacao nibs, chia, dates, coconut, and Himalayan sea salt. This is our ideal breakfast, as it’s packed with antioxidants and reminds us of sitting on a tropical beach.
Given the Mediterranean fare, the “ShookShooka” was a must order; a piping hot skillet of organic eggs baked in red tomato sauce, served on a large wooden platter with a massive, bulbous roll of fluffy, fresh Challah bread and a bowl of marinated fresh veggies: cucumbers, tomatoes, and olives. The eggs, feta and tomato sauce melted together for a flavorful, comforting and savory breakfast dish that satisfied with each bite. It’s hard to beat a great shakshuka at brunch.
In addition to the ShookShooka, the Knafcake is a must-order sweet dish to conclude any brunch. These impossibly fluffy, thick, and airy pancakes had a cake-like texture and were coated in cinnamon sugar. Sandwiched between the two cakes was a melted, savory cheese-like curd that added a some texture and substance. It was sprinkled with fresh berries and caramelized walnuts.
The Bitches say: four Champagne flutes. All in all, Shoo Shoo is a charming, chic brunch spot with delightful cocktails and a solid menu of unique takes on classic Mediterranean dishes. This is a great spot for a girls’ brunch or a brunch date.
Shoo Shoo serves brunch Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.