Place: Good Restaurant
Neighborhood: West Village, 89 Greenwich Ave. (between 12th St. & Jane St.)
The scoop: Brunch Gang was well overdue for a group brunch. We have all been eying the menu at Good Restaurant, and we decided that it would be a great place to catch up. Since the restaurant doesn’t take reservations, we wanted to avoid a wait by arriving when the restaurant opens at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Just as we planned, we didn’t have to wait, but the restaurant was pretty packed when we were seated, and they don’t seat you until your full party has arrived.
Entrance to Good
Their menu is overwhelming, to say the least. The $25 “goodBrunch get-it-all Special” includes an entrée, any house-made bread or side dish, and a choice of Chipotle Mary, Passion Mimosa, Brunch Punch or goodMorning Martini. You can also order à la carte, but we think it’s best to take advantage of the brunch special. If you are a brunch fanatic, you should check out the menu in advance because there are so many delicious options that you wouldn’t want to overlook.
Dining area at Good
Seating at the restaurant was very comfortable. On our table we had enough room for our four drinks, four glasses of water, four entrées, two bread dishes and two side dishes. Our waiter wasn’t too friendly, and he seemed a little annoyed when we weren’t ready to order the first time around. Erica tried to get his opinion on some items, and he gave brief answers. Also, as we were eating, he never came by our table to see if we needed anything.
Due to the popularity of Good, this isn’t a place where you can have a leisurely brunch. When we were finished eating, the host kindly asked if would give up our seat, as there were people waiting to brunch. We totally understood; we wouldn’t want to wait around for a seat.
Punch and mimosa
goodBrunch Punch / Absolut peach vodka, fresh strawberry, orange juices, peach schnapps, mint
This drink was delicious! It was extremely flavorful, and the taste of peach and mint really stood out. Not only was it served in a decent sized glass, there was a good amount of alcohol, and the drink lasted throughout our entire brunch.
PassionFruit Mimosa / Champagne, fresh orange juice, passion fruit puree
We jumped at the chance to order this mimosa. It tasted very similar to a traditional mimosa, however it was sweeter. I was surprised there weren’t remnants of the passion fruit in the drink since it was made with puree. Either way, the passion fruit added a good twist.
Chew on this: Since we were a group of four, we wanted to try a bit of everything, so we ordered two house-made breads and two side dishes. They were all a hearty size, making them perfect for sharing.
Buttermilk Biscuits (2)
These biscuits were large in size and enough for each of us to enjoy half. This was served before our entrées, and we were all eager to try a piece as soon as the dish was placed on the table. The biscuits were fresh, with a flaky top and fluffy center. The side of strawberry jam went well as a spread.
Pecan pear crumbcake
The Best Pear Pecan Crumbcake
Yum! This crumb cake almost reminded us of an apple pie crumble, since the pears had a similar texture to cooked apples. The crumb-cake topping was very crumbly and crunchy. This bread is basically like a dessert, but if you are craving something sweet, it is a fantastic choice.
Migas / Eggs scrambled with corn tortillas, onions, peppers & cilantro – spicy salsa
Migas isn’t always found on brunch menus in NYC, so I was excited to try this after having it in Austin. The egg, onions, peppers and cilantro were served on top of a flour tortilla and garnished with corn tortillas. I didn’t dislike the dish, but it did taste a little dry. Salsa was served on the side, but it wasn’t enough for me. The scrambled eggs were perfect, and I liked the taste of the other items, but it would have been better if the salsa was mixed with the food or if some cheese was added. I just feel like this dish lacked moisture. Although sour cream wasn’t mentioned in the description, it was served on the side of the plate. I am not a sour cream fan, so I didn’t use it. Perhaps if you like sour cream, this dish wouldn’t taste as dry.
Basil & Goat Cheese Egg Scramble / Over sourdough – cherry tomatoes, asparagus, pesto
Basil and goat cheese egg scramble
This just combined everything I was looking for. The first bite was powerful. There was an overwhelming amount of goat cheese, which has a very distinct taste, but I did not mind since I am a cheese lover. The generous amount of eggs — which almost go unnoticed because of the goat cheese — were heaping over a delicious piece of sourdough bread. I drizzled the pesto (comes on the side) on top to give it an extra kick. The tomatoes and the asparagus were not cooked in the scramble; they were also on the side. I think that is why this dish works so well — you get to dress the scramble up to your preference. If you do not LOVE goat cheese, I would ask them to go light on the cheese or see if is possible to get the cheese on the side.
Country Frittata / Bacon, potatoes, arugula, pecorino, fresh ricotta
I had a really hard time deciding what to order, but I’m glad that I went with this frittata. It was huge! Way bigger than any frittata I’ve gotten at some recent brunches. The arugula and pecorino were sprinkled on top, and the fresh ricotta was scooped on top as well. I liked this since it gave me a chance to taste the ricotta on its own, as well as spread it over the frittata to make sure that I got a little bit with each bite. The ricotta was tasty and definitely fresh and didn’t have the watery texture that you might find with ricotta from a grocery store. There was an ample amount of bacon and potatoes mixed into the frittata. They were both cut into perfect bite-sized pieces, and the bacon had a nice smoky flavor, but I wish the potatoes were just a bit softer. I really enjoyed this dish, and it left me full for the rest of the day.
Banana Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast / Brown sugar, sliced bananas & maple syrup
This French toast dish immediately caught my eye, but I was hesitant to order it because of the cream-cheese filling. However, I saw another patron eating it, and as a lover of all things sweet, I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to order such a dish. I can’t even begin to describe the amount of French toast I was served. It was one of the largest brunch entrées I’ve ever seen. You’re basically given two French toast sandwiches. Two people can easily share this dish. The French toast was cooked perfectly — not mushy and undercooked, not burnt and overcooked. In between the slices of bread was a cream-cheese-and-mashed-banana filling. Thankfully, the filling was pretty light, and the French toast wasn’t overly stuffed. The filling had more of a banana taste than a cream-cheese taste, which I liked. Clumps of brown sugar were crumbled on top of the many pieces of French toast. Unnecessary, but good. A sliced banana sat in front of the bread. The French toast was decadent, but it was delicious. I drizzled very little syrup on top, but honestly, the dish doesn’t even need syrup. The other girls tried it (not Jen, she doesn’t like bananas), and they also loved it.
Stone-Ground Cheddar Jalapeno Grits
Considering this was a side dish, it was a very generous serving of grits. We couldn’t really taste the cheddar, but we could definitely taste the jalapeno, although it wasn’t too overpowering or hot, just the right amount of kick. The grits were on the runnier side and not as thick as we would have expected. We could tell that they were homemade. If you are in the mood for a heavier, larger side that is great for sharing, then the grits are a good option.
Faicco’s Chicken Sausages
We wanted a meat as one of our side dishes since three of our meals didn’t contain meat. This side came with three thick, juicy sausages. Sometimes breakfast sausages can be bland, but these chicken sausages had a nice flavor. This is definitely a good choice for a side especially if you are ordering a sweet dish like Stephanie.
The final bite: Good Restaurant is a great place to brunch. Although it’s not a cheap brunch, the quality of the drinks and the large variety of food is worth every penny. You get a lot of bang for your buck!
Reviewed by: Brunch Gang