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Bluestone Lane Brunch

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Summer has commenced, which poses some challenges as a Bitch in the City. I have a lot more reluctance to indulge in hearty brunches with weekends spent in bathing suits, and find my free Sundays to schedule said brunches shrinking with every color-coded travel addition to my calendar.

When my friend and fellow photographer Alicia reached out about a get together and we found ourselves frowning at our clashing schedules, I jumped at the opportunity to squeeze in a Friday pre-work breakfast. We started with SoulCycle in the West Village to address the bathing suit issue, and then made plans to brunch at Bluestone Lane a few blocks down the road.

Bluestone Lane Brunch

I’ve frequented Bluestone Lane downtown for coffee and have always eyed sit-down diners with envy, so I was eager to give its menu a try. Alicia is 100 percent gluten-free, and I was pleased to find a menu that accommodated her as well.

Bluestone Lane Brunch

The staff was super friendly with lovely accents, staying true to the authenticity of the Aussie cafe.

Bluestone Lane Brunch

We started with a latte for me and fresh orange juice for Alicia. My latte was so good that I quickly drank it and ordered a second. It was a true Australian-style latte.

Bluestone Lane Brunch

The gluten-free banana bread from Sans Bakery was served toasted and topped with toasted pecans, and then drizzled with honey and topped with banana. A huge dollop of ricotta was served on the side, which resembled whipped cream. Not only did this banana bread not suggest a hint of dryness often associated with gluten-free, I would be as bold as to say this is one of the best banana breads I’ve had at a restaurant.

Bluestone Lane Brunch

For entrees, Alicia ordered the avocado smash on gluten-free Balthazar toast with tahini, heirloom tomatoes, feta cheese, and extra virgin olive oil. Alicia enjoyed that the gluten free bread didn’t taste bland, and we liked how the avo-toast was decorated.

Bluestone Lane Brunch

I ordered the gluten-free granola bowl with toasted oats, coconut chips, seeds, and nuts served over Greek yogurt. The yogurt was topped with a tangy citrus curd and seasonal fruit, which added a really interesting flavor to the bite.

Bluestone Lane Brunch

I know that a yogurt bowl sounds boring to all you pancake eaters, but for a light, refreshing bite, this was perfect.

I could have sat in our cozy window seat for hours, but alas, it was a work day and I was buzzing from my four shots of espresso.

Bluestone Lane Brunch

The Bitches say: A+. For a light week-day breakfast or a healthy weekend brunch with killer espresso drinks, Bluestone Lane is the place for you. There’s a plethora of gluten free options for health-conscious diners who don’t want to sacrifice flavor for health.

Bluestone Lane
30 Carmine Street
(West Village)
New York, NY 10014
(646) 368-1988

Bluestone Lane serves breakfast every day beginning at 8 a.m.

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