Behind a big facade that looks like the entrance of a castle is hidden a beautifully designed hotel called The Walker. Oozing class and style, this place is not for the average tourist but more of a space for connoisseurs. It feels like an old English saloon while keeping it fresh and colorful. Orange and light blue patches here and there, access the restaurant by the main lobby. I personally didn’t even know this place existed but I’d put on my list of worthy visits.
Society is the restaurant, hidden behind the lobby this place really enchants. It’s a mix and match of several styles, a diner, an English tea house, a coffee bar and a restaurant. From bricks covering the corridor, to the bar with its dimmed yellow lights until you reach the main hall brightly lit by the bespoke glass roof.
Take the time to appreciate and feel the place; the golden ceiling, paintings decorating the walls, yellow glasses and white mugs, blue sofas and light brown camel leather seats. A piano, wine bottles, a chimney, vases of greenery... It really feels good to have breakfast here.
A great breakfast I’d recommend to all my friends:
- American breakfast: two sunny-side-up eggs on two toasted English muffins. A side salad, fried and seasoned potato cubes, strips of apple bacon.
- Salmon bagel with cream cheese and a side of vegetables.
- Avocado on toast with a poached egg.
The first batch was savory. I loved how the eggs are perfectly poached, the freshness of the salad, the color, and taste of the cucumbers and tomatoes, the quality of salmon and simplicity of the avocados which would have been better with a squeeze of lemon.
A very good and professional service, a relaxing space, soothing music... I wished time could have stopped!
Sweet stuff came next! One of the most beautiful plates I’ve ever seen, the pancakes look so good! The waffles make every taste bud water... three square waffles set one on top of the other with sliced caramel bananas and fig butter to decorate them. The olive oil pancakes, three of them, round and thick, come with citrus marmalade, vanilla brown butter. They look so damn good, picture-perfect pancakes, shining from all sides, glazed like a golden jewel with the cream on top looking like a diamond. These two plates are enjoyable... they look great, taste good!
With that, I tried the fresh juices, beef, tomato, pineapple, and ginger. Lovely and full of benefits.
One of my Top 10 breakfast destinations in New York, I’ll be back here whenever I have the chance.