I am notoriously not a morning person. Despite my penchant for productivity, I am very rarely functional before 11 a.m or noon. On a recent Sunday, the beau and I rolled out of bed at noon—with him feeling grouchy that he had wasted the day and me feeling happy to have the beauty sleep. I had recently strolled by Yves, a minimal and chic-looking American restaurant on Greenwich Street in TriBeCa, and made a mental note to return. It was a perfect fall day in Manhattan, so we walked over to Yves for a late brunch followed by an afternoon work session at the SoHo House.
The patio was filled with well-dressed groups of differing shapes and sizes: a few young families, as well as groups of 20-somethings recounting stories from the evening prior. Our friendly, accommodating waitress filled our water glasses and took our orders for iced coffees.
We shared the frittata and the BBEC, a bacon, egg and cheese on brioche. The frittata was satisfying but surprisingly light for being made with bacon lardon, gruyere, and onions. It was fluffy and dense—and very good for sharing.
The BBEC was a smart choice, as the oh-so-satisfying sandwich comprised thick, fatty slab bacon, topped with a perfectly fried egg and raclette cheese. It was all between the most perfectly buttered, toasted and fluffy brioche bun. The sandwich was served with hot and greasy shoestring fries, which we inhaled by the handful. It was utterly delicious.
In an effort to stay healthy, we eschewed the pancakes, which are available in chocolate chip, blueberry, or à la mode, and looked absolutely delicious. The lunch menu, which was also available, offered a smattering of satisfying dishes: cajun chicken, meatballs, a cheeseburger, and steak frites—I’ll definitely be back.
We concluded with the granola as our sweet finish, which was a coconut kale green yogurt, topped with Marcona almonds, honey, mixed berries, and a house-made granola. It was sweet, inventive, fresh, and healthy—all of the best things about brunch.
The Bitches say: Five Champagne Flutes, for a casual and cool spot in TriBeCa with great service and a solid array of healthy and satisfying brunch dishes. Bonus points for long brunch hours.
Yves serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.