There are those restaurants that you walk past a million times and never stop in. Not for any particular reason, you just haven’t made the time. As is such with The Bedford. My boyfriend Robert lives right on Bedford in Williamsburg yet we were both first timers to the restaurant.
Once we entered the upscale gastropub, I regretted that we hadn’t tried the restaurant sooner. It was warm, cozy, and inviting, truly a neighborhood spot.
We were invited in by the restaurant and joined at brunch with Thomas, who runs their PR. This also meant that Thomas whole-heartedly supported, even encouraged, us to order as many dishes as we fancied to give the menu a comprehensive shot. Twist my arm.
Robert and I were admittedly slightly bleary-eyed from the night prior so we started with a round of coffee and dubiously eyed the cocktail menu. I was excited to see that The Bedford offers La Colombe coffee and also carries almond milk; double win. I started with an almond milk latte while Robert had an iced latte, both were well brewed and delicious.
After receiving a sufficient amount of caffeine, we faced the impressive cocktail menu. All of the cocktails are really interesting with unique ingredients such as the The Dude’s Caucasian with house-made vanilla bean espresso vodka on the rocks and a drizzle of cream and the Spicy Shrub Paloma.
We were tempted by many of the amazing sounding menu items like crisped risotto balls, breakfast burritos, and a North Carolina pulled pork hash, that we had a tough time narrowing it down. Luckily, Thomas gave some awesome recommendations of the restaurant’s best brunch sellers.
I beelined for the truffle egg toast, topped with fontina cheese and served alongside broccoli rabe. The combination of bread, eggs, and melted cheese was reminiscent of a Croque Madame, and elevated by the light truffle flavor. The braised greens provided a stunning pop of color and it was refreshing to get a serving of greens in during brunch.
Robert’s top pick was a special on the menu, a meatball eggs Benedict. Neither of us had seen such a dish on a menu before and we appreciate its uniqueness. The savory, rich meatballs knocked this out of the park. Not the mention, the eggs were poached perfectly and the bread was nice and crispy.
Normally, I’m not the biggest Benny fan as I find the Hollandaise overpowering. However, this stand out dish was well balanced and not oversauced.
Three words: French. Toast. Fritters. These little balls of goodness are stuffed with Nutella, raspberry, and currant jam, served with whipped butter and syrup for dipping. There was really nothing not to love about this brunch dessert and it was the perfect way to end our gluttonous feast on a sweet note. Best of all, brunch at The Bedford is offered every day beginning at 11 a.m. so you can get your French toast fritters on any day of the week.
The Bitches say: A. Everything we tried at this upscale gastropub was delicious, high quality, and thoughtfully unique.
The Bedford serves brunch every day beginning at 11 a.m.