It's fun, it’s fresh, it’s simple happiness... I felt so good the minute I walked in! Two restaurants in one, Friedman’s and Browns Bagels each with their respective entrance, each with a different setup but both selling the same food. Friedman’s is a high rated restaurant and breakfast spot on 6th and 31st and the bagel place is white and brightly lit offering the whole deli menu from bagels to Reubens and pastramis.
A waiter singing in the corner, the whole staff smiling and having fun working, I sat for a treat! This place has awesome vibes! I loved both restaurants but today I’ll be ordering food from Friedman’s and will certainly come back for the other place.
Food from Friedman’s but seated at Browns I couldn’t live the experience as it should be; actually both were fully booked on this sunny Saturday morning.
Classics, sandwiches, lighter fare, sides and cocktails. Choose from the brunch menu: eggs, pastrami, chicken, avocado, wild mushrooms and blueberry pancakes. 7 choices of sandwiches, shawarma and house granola, a couple sides and freshly squeezed juices.
A mountain of pastrami cut in cubes mixed with onions and fat chunks, beautifully grilled and adequately marinated with two sunny side up eggs to decorate the whole mix. A very filling plate that’s not your finesse kind of morning but something enjoyable all the way; it’s different from any I’ve had before, it’s a blend of deli and restaurant in a dish.
Avocado and eggs on a very thick crunchy slice of bread. Marinated avocados and poached eggs; the bread is the best thing here, the avocados are a bit too cold and could handle more lemon juice, the eggs should have been warmer... but I like it and would order it again if I have the chance to.
The pancakes look great! Three of them, fluffy and thick with a raspberry sauce on top. They are good enough, better than many others around town but surely not the best. Taste wise, they have a certain texture that could have been better, a lack of airiness, a faded unpleasant sandy effect.
Overall good, great vibes and enjoyable food... but I would recommend you insist on sitting at Friedman's because I strongly believe that the ambiance plays a big role. The above food in a dimmed and wooden ambiance is surely better than having it in a noisy deli on white tables. I’ve heard a lot about this place and expected magic, I’m not sure if it’s the white surroundings or the long queues, but I expected better.