As Bitches Who Brunch NYC has grown over the past few years, it’s been amazing and inspiring to meet other members of the food community. We were excited to meet and nosh with some local “Insta-famous” foodies during a recent media brunch preview at The Gander in Flatiron.
My friend Jen joined me as a plus one and we met at the airy establishment on West 18th Street. I had never stepped in The Gander previously, but was immediately impressed by its well-curated décor including floor to ceiling windows, statement chandeliers, and intimate booths.
We joined a few other food writers and photographers at a spacious round table and got to know each other over coffees and cocktails.
As part of the media preview, we were served a smattering of appetizers with our choice of entrée. The apps were pretty carb-centric, which we didn’t hate. A beautiful pastry basket arrived to our table and we dug in; our favorites were the mini cinnamon roll and the berry scone.
The star of the show was the German pancake, which was a very dense flapjack topped with powdered sugar and a unique Lingonberry jam. It was hearty and more intense than the typical fluffy American pancake. It was physically impressive, but we couldn’t muster more than a few bites.
We also nibbled on a local green salad with an assortment of vegetables and hazelnuts drizzled with red wine vinaigrette. We appreciated getting some greens in during our meal, which can be rare during brunch, but the salad wasn’t a standout.
The Greek yogurt with berries was another healthy option. The berries were refreshing and the addition of fresh honey was a special treat. This starter is something you could easily make yourself at home so I wouldn’t necessarily order it from the menu on a regular occasion. That being said, this dish was a nice light bite to kick start our feast.
Jen tried the brunch burger for her main course, which is served with cheddar cheese and bread & butter pickles on a potato roll. We were intrigued by the side of truffle fries, but unfortunately the fries were cold by the time they arrived at our table, which was disappointing. She also commented that the cheeseburger was fine, but nothing to write home about.
I ordered the duck hash for my entrée. The serving size was a bit skimpy, but luckily we had plenty of starters and sides to round out my meal. I found the duck a touch dry. The well-seasoned potatoes were the star of the show and outshined the protein.
After getting our fill of the menu, we lingered over a few more cocktails to get to know some fellow bloggers. We had a great time comparing snapshots and restaurant hit lists and enjoyed getting know other members in the NYC food scene.
The Bitches say: C. A lovely ambiance in a great neighborhood, but only one dish was remarkable. Don’t sleep on the German pancake, but the rest of the food was good, but not great.
The Gander serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 11:30 a.m.
15 W 18th St
New York, NY 10011