Friedman’s – Brunch
Sometimes I just hanker for brunch food. You know, the classics: eggs, ham/bacon/sausage, hash brown, French toast/pancakes/waffles. Coffee and OJ. If avocado or grits is included, all the better!
R and I met up with our out-of-town friends at Friedman’s on a Saturday, where we all sampled the brunch fare for the first time together. Friedman’s is conveniently located near us and is close to Penn Station.
I’ve been to Friedman’s on a weekday during lunchtime, but the brunch menu is only available on the weekends. I’d heard the lines would be long. When we came in for a time estimate, we were quoted about an hour wait. Our friend J left his cell phone number with the restaurant to text him back when they had a table ready for us. Alternatively, if we had been in a hurry, Friedman’s also does take-out. To kill time, we wandered into Jack’s World, a 99 cent discount store across the street, and browsed around. I didn’t realize one could buy so many things for under a dollar – from household gadgets to frozen food items.
J’s phone buzzed. At last, it was our turn to be seated. I was in the mood for some grits, so I ordered the Southern Breakfast. For $16, you get two eggs any style, housemade biscuit, cheddar grits and fried green tomatoes. While a number of items on Friedman’s menu are available gluten-free, this one is not.
I had a hot apple cider to wash down my hearty meal. My biscuits were buttery and warm, and the cheddar grits did not disappoint with its dense richness. At a quick glance, the grits resembled a creamy New England clam chowder. I wouldn’t advise consuming grits this rich every day, but they did pair well with the crispy fried green tomatoes.
R went for the Eggs with Style (2 eggs served with potato pancake, seven grain toast and choice of bacon, chicken sausage, pork sausage, ham or fried green tomatoes). He chose the chicken sausage, which I found quite flavorful and juicy.
I didn’t take pictures of my friends’ food, but W had a Friedman’s Burger (Creekstone Farms 100% ground beef brisket with herbed fries). I remarked on how green and crunchy her lettuce was, as if it had been newly plucked from a vegetable garden. J had the equally fresh Grilled Salmon Salad (Romaine hearts, gigantes beans, kalamata olives, shaved red onion, cucumber and feta cheese with creamy dill dressing), with a Harney & Sons green tea.
We were seated in a booth in the back, which was cozy and near the kitchen action. Wood accents throughout – from the walls to the salt and pepper shakers – gave the restaurant a wintry, ski cabin-esque vibe. Overall, I liked Friedman’s relaxed setting and the variety of the brunch menu.
Why don’t you try brunch at Friedman’s and let me know what you think? 🙂 (Thanks, L, for the restaurant recommendation!)
132 W 31st St (between Fashion Ave & Penn Plaza)
New York, NY 10001
Neighborhood: Midtown West