Brunch hot spots come and go, but Bubby’s is forever. This place has been around for nearly 20 years, yet it still manages to draw crowds for its brunch. Just a few weekends ago, a 10 am walk-in, which some may view as an aggressively early brunch time, required a 45-minute wait. Bubby’s gives the people what they want, which is an old-fashioned, all-American breakfast consisting of key comfort foods. They don’t challenge you with interesting reinventions or dainty small plates, because who necessarily wants that so early in the day?
Blueberry pancakes are a homey, American breakfast institution, and the ones at Bubby’s do not disappoint. Even if you are more of a “savory” person, you should find some way of splitting an order with someone else. They have a thick and fluffy, pleasing disposition that is a hallmark of a good pancake. Sure, other places might have more tricks up their sleeves with fancier ingredients, ricotta magic or some sort of crispy char, but Bubby’s conventional approach works.
Another classic item on the Bubby’s menu I’ve always been a fan of is the matzo ball chicken soup. It’s a lighter option at the restaurant, and a few sips warm your soul like no other.
Two signature brunch classics at Bubby’s include the huevos rancheros and the short rib hash. You can’t go wrong with either, but the huevos has a slight edge. It’s got the salty and the savory flavors going and all those depths of textures you can sense with the different ingredients. Look at it this way, the huevos feels like a fun party in your mouth, whereas the short rib hash feels like a long evening in front of a warm fire.
Brunch on the weekends is walk-in only, so be prepared to wait it out with the locals and the out-of-towners carrying their subway maps. If you’re lucky, you might be able to enjoy some complimentary apple cider outside, but otherwise, you can grab coffee somewhere else and wait for the magical text that says your table is ready.
120 Hudson St (Franklin St and Ericcson Pl)
New York, NY 10013