Middle Eastern Brunch: Shuka and 19 Cleveland

Middle Eastern food is experiencing a surge in popularity these days, particularly downtown. And like many new-wave ethnic restaurants, the food is more refined and inventive than what you might find in a more traditional restaurant. Two additions to this recent wave of modern Middle Eastern restaurants are 19 Cleveland and Shuka, both of which chose to set up shop in the Soho area. Expect to rub elbows with the trendy, fashion-y types who like their avocado toast with a little sprinkling of za’atar on top.

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Bubby’s in Tribeca

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?

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Veggie Brunch at Nix in Greenwich Village

nix, a vegetarian restaurant in greenwich village

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants,” is an eating philosophy that continues to grow in popularity in New York. To accommodate this trend, vegetarian restaurant openings have become increasingly popular, and one of the newer and better places to get your vegetable fix is at Nix in Greenwich Village. As my friend described it, the food is similar to the ones made at the ridiculously overpriced abcv, the vegetable-driven restaurant from┬áJean-Georges Vongerichten, only that it tastes better and is less expensive.Read More