by Myles Tanzer
Waiting in line long lines for brunch on a Sunday morning is just as much of a New York thing as hailing a cab on 42nd Street is. Friend Of A Farmer, located on Irving Place between 18th and 19th streets, is one of the most popular brunch spots in Manhattan and it’s popularity is all for good reason.
The decor inside Friend Of A Farmer makes you feel as if you’re stepping inside the coziest of all East Hampton kitchens. The walls are covered with floral prints, while kitschy plates and placards hang on the wall, and small mason jars line the table. The two-floor restaurant is decked out in the unique decor from top to bottom. On the stairs there are large baskets of produce which should give you the heads up on all the freshness to come in the meal ahead. The menu at Friend Of A Farmer is typical New American brunch fare but its attention to ingredients sets it apart from other New York eateries. For instance, the fruit that comes with most breakfast entrees isn’t just a throwaway fruit salad — it’s a cup of fresh and juicy produce. The “Farmer’s Market” omelette ($12) I tried was stuffed with fresh spinach, sauteed mushrooms, and cheddar cheese. I opted for the home fries for my side dish and was not disappointed with my choice in the slightest.
The rest of the menu spans from granola to pancakes and everything in between. Most entrees are priced from $10 to $16 which is the near standard for brunch in New York City. Because of the cost and wide menu options, Friend Of A Farmer is a great place to take your parents when they’re in town or could be a great spot to meet with a client early in the morning.
Friend Of A Farmer is a tried and true standard that’s not to be missed out on. Brunch is one of the best meals of the day and choosing to spend it at Friend Of A Farmer is a decision that’s almost as high quality as their ingredients.