I’ve lived in the Astoria area for almost five years now, and my mental list of restaurants to try always seems to be growing as there are new spots opening left and right.
Recently, though, I was able to check a restaurant off my list that’s been there for some time.
The Highwater, located on Broadway in the heart of Astoria, opened in 2017, and on a recent Sunday, I was finally able to stop in for brunch.
The bright, tropical-looking space was warm and inviting — especially on a chilly, early March afternoon. My friend Hanna and I arrived a few minutes early for our 1 p.m. reservation, but were seated shortly in a big booth in the back of the restaurant.
Almost as soon as we sat down, we were pleasantly surprised with a bottle of prosecco and a carafe of orange juice to make our own mimosas. This DIY drink option is normally $28, but this time, it was on the house, as was the rest of our meal. I probably wouldn’t have ordered this because there are so many other amazing craft cocktail options on the menu, but Hanna and I definitely had fun making our own drinks.
The brunch menu isn’t huge, but it covers all the bases, from a couple eggs Benedict options to French toast and a burger.
To start, Hanna and I ordered the breakfast tacos, made with eggs, bacon, mango salsa, and chipotle mayo. A lot of breakfast tacos I’ve had in NYC have either been pretty bland or sort of soggy, but that was not the case at The Highwater. The eggs and bacon were perfectly cooked, the mango salsa was refreshing, and the chipotle mayo gave the tacos a nice little kick.
Burgers and eggs Benedicts are two of my favorite brunch items, so we decided to get both the Hawaiian Hangover Burger and the Luau Benedict for our entrees.
The burger was topped with avocado, a sunny-side up egg, mild cheddar, wasabi aioli, and pineapple, and served with home fries. We ordered the burger medium and thought it was cooked perfectly. Although quite messy, we both thoroughly enjoyed this dish and ate every last bite.
Then we moved onto the Luau Benedict, made with kalua pork, poached eggs, and hollandaise sauce on an english muffin. This was also served with home fries and devoured quickly. The pork was tender and juicy, and the poached eggs and sauce finished off the dish perfectly.
Bitches say: A. From the breakfast tacos to the hangover burger, The Highwater serves up delicious dishes that hit the spot. This restaurant is a welcome addition to the neighborhood, and I definitely plan to return.
The Highwater serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.