Place: ABC Kitchen
Neighborhood: Flatiron, 35 E. 18th (between Broadway and Park Ave. South)
The scoop: Walking into ABC Kitchen is like walking into the restaurant version of the store ABC Carpet & Home. It’s all about the decor, which at the restaurant is shabby chic, vintage and gorgeous. The atmosphere is very lively, and the wide-open space has chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and white lacquer tables as well as some well-placed rustic tables and chairs scattered throughout. The decor draws you in and makes you want to eat at ABC Kitchen.
All of the food is served on ABC Carpet & Home’s vintage mismatched dishes. It gave me the urge to immediately head into the store after brunch to check out the dishware
ABC Kitchen is a very popular brunch spot. If you are going with more than two people, plan on making a reservation and do so well in advance. A lone bruncher or party of two might be able to snag seats at the bar.
The service is pretty good. The server was attentive; however, she was not super informative in helping us decide which brunch items to order. It might have been a little too early for her to think straight, since we had brunch reservations at 11 a.m.
House Made Latte $4
I love a house-made latte, but when the price is comparable to or greater than Starbucks, I really question if the latte is worth it (probably because I lived in Seattle for so long). With that being said, this was a good pick-me-up, but a little pricey.
Chew on this:
Maple Bacon Biscuits $9
This starter combined my love of two key breakfast items – bacon and homemade biscuits. These biscuits were very delicious and a great way to start the early morning. They were served warm. Thus with a little butter, they melted in my mouth.
Eggs Benedict with Flying Pigs Farm Ham $19
The ham definitely made this dish. It was delicious and decadent, but I was surprised they didn’t throw in a twist, like instead of an English muffin, say a maple bacon biscuit? Overall, judging on flavor, you can’t go wrong. Their hollandaise really complemented the poached eggs and ham. This is a must-order dish for those craving eggs.
French Toast with Roasted Apples $17
The French Toast with Roasted Apples was hands-down the best brunch dish at ABC Kitchen. The description the server provided did not compensate for what arrived at the table; it was actually 10 times better. The bread had a crispy, toasted outside, and the flavor had hints of cinnamon. The inside was incredibly doughy. What more could you want? Drizzle a little syrup on it, and you have heaven. This was the most ridiculous French toast ever!
Scrambled Eggs with Crispy Potatoes $15
The Scrambled Eggs was by far the most disappointing of the dishes we ordered because it was so plain; however, I know some people want something this simple. Everything else was incredibly decadent and this just wasn’t. With that said, if you want traditional eggs and potatoes, then this dish is for you. The eggs were “wet”, so it’s not a dry scramble, which made them better than the average.
Buttermilk Pancakes with Lemon Curd $16
The pancakes were light and airy with powdered sugar sprinkled on top. The lemon curd was the icing on the cake! I loved combining the curd with the maple syrup. This is a pretty sweet dish. The pancakes were not as thick as you will normally find, which was a nice change.
The final bite: With gorgeous shabby chic decor and a fabulous ambiance, you cannot go wrong with ABC Kitchen. Make a reservation in advance and do research on the dishes to find one suitable for you. It is a great place for a romantic brunch, a girlfriend brunch, a group brunch or a place to impress visitors. I am craving the French toast as we speak, and I know nothing will ever live up to it!
Reviewed by: Erica