Thank goodness for weekday brunches in the summer. Between all of our editors’ crazy schedules, finding time on a weekend to share an Eggs Benny is an impossible task. Setting the alarm early to eat a pre-work meal is more rewarding than you would think. By the time you arrive at the office, you’re awake, caffeinated, and digested. It sure beats scarfing down lukewarm yogurt between morning meetings!
This particular brunch was special, as we were meeting with Julie, the brains behind FitBallet, a fabulous new fitness studio that combines the strength and elongation of ballet with high energy circuit training. For more info, ceck out our recent interview with Julie here. As a new partner of Bitches Who Brunch, we were eager to brainstorm for our upcoming Brunch & Ballet event over breakfast. The Coffee Shop, situated on the perimeter of Union Square, seemed like the perfect place. It opens early, is conveniently located, and has outdoor seating, though we unfortunately couldn’t use this due to the atrocious humidity.
I arrived first and felt that I was opening up the restaurant, since we were the only diners there. Usually The Coffee Shop is bustling and lively on the weekend, so it was weird to see it so empty. I was able to take in the funky diner interior, and settled into a corner booth. I ordered a latte while I waited, which was just what I needed.
When the girls all arrived, we quickly placed orders, mindful of the time we had, and chatted about fitness and our summers while we all woke up. We appreciated the steady stream of coffee from the moment everyone placed their orders. We hate having to ask!
Ally was recovering from a Dewey beach weekend with friends, so she stuck to the fresh pressed orange juice and the nonfat yogurt with homemade granola banana split. As far as yogurt parfaits go, Ally enjoyed this. The granola tasted homemade, there was plenty of fruit, and the “banana split” concept was fun. But listen, we get it, it’s yogurt and granola, so we’re moving on..
I ordered the avocado smash, which was served with a poached egg and tomato. I appreciated the addition of feta, but otherwise this was standard.
Julie, our friend from FitBallet, ordered the build-your-own omelette. She liked that they didn’t skimp on the avocado and that it a good proportion of egg to fillings.
With that, we were off to conquer our days. It was a nice treat before a long week ahead!
The Bitches say: C+. Overall, our collective description of our brunch was “standard”. The menu was straightforward, and a step up from your neighborhood diner. You won’t be blown away, but you’ll leave caffeinated and satiated.
The Coffee Shop
29 Union Square W
The Coffee Shop serves brunch every day from 6:00 a.m. to 10:59 a.m.