There are a lot of reasons I love brunch. Beyond the food itself, it’s a great excuse for some (mostly) sober catch-ups with friends, and one of my favorite city mornings involves a group fitness class followed by a carb and caffeine-fueled breakfast.
This particular morning, my friend Christine and I committed to an early morning SoulCycle class. It had been so long since I’d danced on a bike, I was feeling worked and ready for some bread by the time we’d finished. Lucky for us, The House invited us in for a brunch tasting.
This gem, housed in a beautiful Irving street carriage house restored from 1854, is throws away from my apartment and graces my commute to Union Square. It has always looked so cozy from the street and I jumped at the opportunity to give it a try.
They really scored big with this space. Unique elements like a beautiful fireplace are preserved from the original townhouse, and you feel comfortable the moment you step inside. There’s an inviting bar where many of the brunchgoers were camped out, opting to dine there versus a traditional seat.
We started with our standard latte and cappuccino order, and then we dived right into the menu. After all my talk about pastries, I only took a few bites of the pastries sent out by the chef. There were too many appetizing dishes on the main menu catching my eye!
First, we ordered the house burger with cheese, grafton cheddar, roasted tomato, red onion, secret sauce, brooklyn brine’s pickles, essex st. peperoncini, and a fried hen egg. This burger was so good. I need to find out how to make their secret sauce for my next kitchen recipe.
Next, we shared the breakfast flatbread with sunny side eggs, smoked bacon, and gruyere cheese. This was a hefty, delicious portion, with the perfect amount of crispy crust and gooey egg yolk.
Last up was the house Benedict, with poached eggs, country ham, sea salt focaccia, and grain mustard Hollandaise. We appreciated the different spin on a typical Hollandaise and thought the mustard flavor really enriched the dish.
The Bitches say: B. We thoroughly enjoyed our brunch fare at The House, and it’s rare to have the opportunity to dine in the type of NYC classic carriage house we usually ogle at from afar.
121 E 17th St
The House serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.