Midtown is not really a location most city dwellers choose to dine. Of course there are a few hidden gems, and P.S. Kitchen is definitely one. I was excited that my cousin, a busy Cardiologist residing in Stuytown, was willing to meet me in the midst of the Theater District for brunch on a Sunday afternoon. To our delight, P.S. Kitchen offers a peaceful escape from the general chaos of the neighborhood.
The space is airy and adorable featuring washed brick walls, marble tabletops, and antique mirrors. A pink neon sign adds a playful element to the restaurant as it goes from the bar to the dining room.
The two-story restaurant was created as a social business to help those marginalized in New York while providing artisanal food options that are kind to the body and earth. Even more remarkable is that 100% of the profits are donated locally or internationally. P.S. Kitchen’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty by connecting resources to vulnerable communities and providing the tools necessary for self-sustainability. It’s certainly a cause we can get behind (and eat gluttonously for).
Cocktails were a priority once seated. My cousin Ankit began with a PS Rose Negroni while I landed on a Bellini. The Negroni was equipped with a variety of gin including rose gin liqueur, death’s door gin mixed with dry vermouth, and white floc. The Negroni was sweeter than he generally prefers for a Negroni but was a fan regardless. My Bellini was just right with Vouvray and fresh pear juice.
P.S. Kitchen offers a few options for brunch deals. $32 will get you a starter, entree, and your choice of coffee and tea offerings. You also have the choice to include a mimosa for $40 or order a la carte and include bottomless mimosas for an additional $30. While everything on the menu is plant-based, oil-free and gluten-free menus are also available.
To no one’s surprise, avocado toast is my jam as a vegetarian. It may have been the most beautiful avo toast I’ve ever seen. The toast was delicious and flavorful with a kick. The toast was topped with fresh herbs, garlic purée, Harissa chili purée, cilantro and lime zest. I may even go so far as to proclaim it’s the best avocado toast I’ve ever had.
Ankit was curious about the biscuits and gravy. The mushroom gravy consisted of seitan and soy chorizo and adorned with house made biscuits for dipping. He liked the combination of flavors and textures. It was impressive for a vegan take on traditional gravy.
Next up we had the PS Breakfast. This plate was equipped with all of the fixings for a balanced meal. The breakfast plate came with smoked maple portobello, scrambled tofu, potatoes, sautéed spinach, tomato jam and toast. I was digging the veggies and tomato jam. The scrambled tofu resembled eggs as they would be served and tasted even better. The smoked maple portobello wasn’t my favorite but Ankit really enjoyed it.
Lastly, we shared an order of the French toast. The toast was much larger than we anticipated but perfect to devour with our coffees. The toast was disturbingly good with an abundance of strawberry everything. What’s not to love with fresh strawberries, strawberry-rhubarb compote, and strawberry butter and coconut cream? Fresh mint atop the stack made it even more satisfying. Brunch exceeded our expectations and provided for the perfect lead into a lazy Sunday.
The Bitches Say: A+ for delicious vegan food you can also feel good about. We love that P.S. Kitchen is an artisanal restaurant that goes beyond just serving fresh food options by donating 100% of their profits to charity.
P.S. Kitchen serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11a.m. to 3 p.m.