The Wilson is an impressive restaurant that opened up last year, situated between NoMad and Chelsea. It has a surprising location since this neighborhood is not exactly a dining destination. The restaurant has an extensive interior with multiple floors and a large patio that’s heated in cooler weather. There’s even an event space and terrace. We opted to dine al fresco for brunch.
The Wilson serves up new American classics with a vibe I would describe as “casual upscale.” We got seated on the patio and began with coffees – per usual! The patio has a mix of tables and lounge style seating with a floral-inspired wall to add some flare. Brunch cocktails include your traditional mimosas, Bloody Marys, and other cocktails. We decided to give the Italian spritz a chance on this nice summer day. A splash of soda, Prosecco, and aperitif come together for a beautiful golden concoction. The spritz was a little too bitter for my taste but I can see why it’s appealing.
The menu has more options than we imagined, suitable for various dietary restrictions and preferences. There are some unique items like Brussels sprout tacos, avocado fries, falafel Scotch eggs, omelets, a tofu scramble, and more. The menu calls out a secret item to ask your server about: sweet to savory Black Seed Pizza Bagels. I was intrigued to try this since it combines two NYC staples. Unfortunately, on this particular day it was a dessert bagel situation.
We settled upon a healthy option for a change. The halvah granola was so good and not too sweet. If you’re not familiar with halvah, it’s a confection made from tahini. A bowl with greek yogurt, halvah, and limoncello stewed fruit and mint come together beautifully. It was super tasty and not too sweet, which was a plus for me. I loved the combination of halvah, mint, and citrus all together.
My brunch date Manisha went for a classic eggs Benedict. The Benedict was topped with blue crab, avocado, hollandaise, and chives. While the dish itself wasn’t bad, the eggs were a bit overcooked and the crab wasn’t exceptional.
Last but not least, I ordered shakshuka for my entree. The piping hot dish was your classic shakshuka, but packed with punch with the spicy tomato sauce. The eggs were melting into the dish and the laffa bread was so good for mopping up with. You also have a choice of adding sausage to the dish if you prefer for an additional $3. I thoroughly enjoyed the shakshuka and was utterly filled to the brim.
The Wilson even offers a menu that’s suitable for dogs. Essentially it’s a selection of people foods that are safe for pups to consume. For the most part, we’d certainly revisit The Wilson if we’re in the neighborhood. The bar is lively and outdoor seating is great for lounging. There were some highlights of our meal and so much more we want to try next time including the Black Seed Pizza Bagels!
The Bitches say: four Champagne flutes
The Wilson serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.