The Aussies are very much the cool kids at the brunch table. Something about the accent and that boisterous physique drive women crazy, and they’re all pulling up a chair to be around these rugby-looking players who know how to make a mean avocado toast and drip coffee. If you’ve ever been to Two Hands in Nolita, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.
Ruby’s Cafe in Nolita is a little more too-cool for school than a Two Hands or even its sister restaurant Dudley’s, a restaurant I had written about earlier where I had first seen this Aussie phenomenon take place. The crowd here is a little less rugby and more Acne or Alexander Wang in aesthetic. Think guys wearing cutoffs and girls wearing minimalist jersey dresses with canvas shoes. Large monograms and loud labels need not apply.
Clearly a large segment of the clientele is the health and wellness crowd, and the brunch menu does have your requisite avocado toast and kale caesar salad. But luckily it acknowledges the closeted fat kids who just want a big, juicy burger in a good setting, specifically the Bronte burger. Something about the name Bronte sounds really beefy and robust, and the terrific meat patty lives up to those expectations. It comes with a side of fries or a salad, but really, don’t be annoying, just order those crispy, golden fries, and you won’t be sorry that you did.
If going full Bronte is a little too much for you, you can try the green eggs, a bowl of scrambled eggs, spinach, kale, avocado and salsa verde. It sounds like a pretty self righteous brunch item, and it also tastes that way. The leafy greens are front and center, and you can really taste the textures and the slightly bitter undertones of all that roughage. I personally liked how real and earthy these eggs tasted, but if you’re looking for something a little more Grand Slam a la Denny’s, then this isn’t the right egg dish for you. And not to worry, there are plenty of options like that on the menu. Ruby’s may be a little bit of a scene, but like the movie, everyone belongs to this breakfast club.
219 Mulberry St (between Spring and Prince St)
New York, NY 10012