Brunch at Upland

My family came in for a quick visit last week and we kicked things off with brunch at Stephen Starr's buzzy restuarnt Upland.   I always enjoy Stephen Starr restaurants.  Even his big spots like Buddakan and Morimoto, while somewhat over the top, always leave me feeling excited. They bring me back to the way I first felt when moving to NYC so many years ago. Upland has very similar characteristics. Although much more laid back than bumping Buddakan his crisp blue and white checkered linens and gorgeous dining room lined with peach filled vases makes an exciting, more refined NYC impression.

The brunch menu has a variety of egg dishes alongside pizzas, pastas and sandwiches.  I highly suggest the Quiche Lorraine, a smokey bacon and gruyere stuffed pie that was impossibly light.

Two Eggs served with a thick slice of grilled country bread, spicy pork sausage and buttery smashed potatoes.

Or for something a bit heartier the Porchetta & Egg Sandwich loaded with fresh arugula, guindilla chilies and some of the thinnest, crispest fries in the city.  It was so good I had to take a shot from both angles.

The food and atmosphere were perfect and the price was surprisingly reasonable for such a hot spot.  Of course it would have been even better if Obama or Bono were brunching at the same time but alas they weren't there on our visit :)

345 Park Avenue South at 26th Street
New York, NY 10010