100 West Houston Street (Greenwich Village/Soho)
OpenTable or 212.254.7000
We all know The Smith – 3 locations in NYC, “ah-mazing” brunch, and a photobooth in proximity to the bathrooms. But do you know The Smith’s little sister Jane? If you don’t, I’m going to tell you exactly why you should.
Make a Sunday brunch reservation and know in advance this is not your day to “be healthy.” If you’re going to order homemade granola or an egg white omelette, get out and give your seat to someone who deserves it. No, today you are deciding between steak and eggs, any of the 4 varieties of eggs benedict, vanilla bean french toast, a burger (more on that one later)… you get the gist. For all my Penn readers, this place is the person Sabrina’s idolizes. Get out there, enjoy a cocktail or six, and don’t worry about thanking me after.
Jane works for dinner, too, with a menu similar to The Smith’s – everything is easy, simple and delicious… even if you want to be healthy. The starters are your chance to fall in love with the place. The toasted ricotta gnocchi is pillowy, truffle-y greatness. The zeppole is a combination of fried bread, brie-like cheese, and honey – need I say more? The fish, from salmon to scallops and swordfish, are all cooked to perfection but pretty light, so make sure you’re hitting up some apps first.
Last but not least, let’s talk about the burger. At first glance, the Jane burger is what you would expect. Cheddar, bacon, onion, tomato, fries – simple, right? Wrong. So, so wrong. While perusing other menu items you may overlook this hunk o’ heaven, but I am straight up begging you not to. Cooked to perfection, the thick burger holds its own against a giant bun and explodes with flavor under the cover of thick slices of bacon and some fresh lettuce. Remember that episode of Scandal where Huck repeats “752″ for hours? That will be you, except you’ll be saying, “oh my god.”
*image from The Huffington Post