You may have walked by Bowery Road every day on the way to work and never considered brunching at the joint because it’s connected to a touristy chain hotel smack dab in Union Square. That’s exactly what happened to us, until we stumbled upon the restaurant’s Instagram and had to give the colorful egg dishes a try.
It was a particularly chilly, yet sun shining weekend in the city when I decided I’d finally venture to Bowery Road with my friend Chelsea. Hilariously, we both showed up to our 10 a.m. reservation in leggings, nikes, and embellished bomber jackets. We sat at one of the few tables in the patio space along Fourth Avenue for prime people watching.
Because of the welcome of cooler weather here in New York, we both couldn’t resist ordering upstate warm apple cider. Classically delicious and not overspiced, this cozy drink was the perfect kick off the fall brunching. As I scoured the menu, I noticed very few of the yummy brunch dishes I’d seen on Instagram weren’t on the card in front of me. Turns out breakfast is served in the mornings before turning over to brunch at 11:30 a.m.– an entire hour and a half after our reservation time we set up to review the restaurant’s brunch (eye roll).
We ordered the ricotta spread with grilled bread as it was on both the breakfast and brunch menu while we caught up. The warm, fluffy, cheesy spread was not at all what we expected, but we were delighted as ever. Topped with flavorful herbs, the ramekin contents were unique and flavorful, reminding us of a warm and cozy Italian eatery.
After scanning the brunch menu for the remaining hour, we were impressed to find out that Chef Ron Rosselli’s dishes are inspired and stocked by local farmers and seasonal produce at the neighborhood’s weekly greenmarket. We had tons of time, so I also pulled out my phone and found out that Rosselli had worked alongside the chef’s at several of my favorite New York spots like Cafe Boulud, Locanda Verde, and The Standard Grill.
We debated our entree choices for far too long, but eventually settled on the classic organic “your-way” and hearth baked eggs as 11:30 a.m. rolled around.
At first, Chelsea was locked on the West Coast toast, but the long deliberation had her ultimately eyeing the classic breakfast on the list: two organic eggs. She opted for hers scrambled, and they came out light and fluffy. Although she could barely see me, squinting because the sun was pounding directly into her sight, she gave me a thumbs up. The eggs were paired with well seasoned potatoes and thick cut, fresh toast. We battled communicating around the sun shining straight on us and asked the staff if we could move tables.
Our wish was not granted, and even the awning would not be pulled down to accommodate our request– sheesh! I decided to suck it up and dipped into my hearth baked eggs. This twist on the classic sat within a skillet of black eyed peas, kale, sour cream, jalapeno, and bacon. This is why I wanted to brunch at Bowery Road. This unique take on the egg dish was just as bright and colorful as it was perfectly cooked and incredibly tasty. The sun may have been in my eyes, but they were probably closed the whole time by all the “mmmmm” sounds I was making.
After we finished our meal, I finally got my real glimpse of the indoor portion of Bowery Road. Boy, did I wish we could’ve redone our brunch inside this gigantic, gorgeous dining space. Full of wood paneling and dazzling chandeliers, this spanning multi-level restaurant reflected a rich history through its eclectic decor. As the temperatures drop this winter, a revisit to Bowery Road’s cozy leather banquettes is definitely due.
The Bitches say: B. Bowery Road delivers fresh, classic brunch dishes with a local fusion. Although the ingredients were quite delicious, the service and al fresco options could use some work.
132 4th Ave.
New York, NY 10003
Bowery Road serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.