Brunch at Gem Saloon
There's a new brunch spot in the 'hood offering delicious bar food in a casual space without any of those annoying brunch crowds; the new Gem Saloon inside the former Rodeo Bar. The old country music space has been redone into a bigger, brighter restaurant with tall wooden four tops dotting the circular bar and larger tables in the back with those classic tin ceiling tiles still intact overhead.
The brunch menu boasts a variety of plates for just about any appetite; hearty Steak 'n Eggs with hash browns, Grilled Pancakes with fresh berries, Smoked Salmon Benedict and a smattering of lunch options like the Chopped Saloon Salad or Classic Cheeseburger.
The last visit I ordered a Grilled Chicken Sandwich served with sliced tomatoes, kale slaw and melted Swiss Cheese on a fluffy roll studded with onions and a side of crispy fries. It wasn't exactly exciting but it was certainly delicious and at just $14.00 a relative bargain.
Plus each entree comes with a complimentary brunch drink making this a great place to kick off a Sunday Funday with friends or a relaxing spot to soak in an afternoon ballgame and simply unwind for the weekend.
375 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10016