OK so I teased you about it last week but I’m finally going to share with you the absolutely best place I ate out at when in New York. The fabulous Kitchenette which I only discovered by complete chance while googling for some place to eat breakfast at 7:30 in the morning after having crossed the Brooklyn Bridge.
Kitchenette is a small chain of restaurants in New York specialising in home style cooking. There are located in High Falls, Uptown and Tribeca (which is the branch one visited) and open from between 7:30am and 10pm at night. I visited as soon as it opened and was their first customer of the day but I was surprised by how quickly the place filled up with hardly any empty seats apart from a reserved table by 8am.
The decor in Kitchenette is very cute and girlie without being overbearingly so. Lots of light pastel colours and little rustic touches here and there too. Valentine’s was the next day so there were also lots of hearts all over the place. I could totally imagine me sitting at one of the big tables with a bunch of girlies eating cake, drinking tea and taking part in some kind of crafting activity!
One of the most amazing things was that there was real tea on the menu although the boiling water was already in the cup prior to adding the teabag so it was difficult to get a perfect cuppa. (This is even more hilarious now having seen The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – Maggie Smith you are amazing!)
Breakfast is Kitchenette’s signature meal and is available from opening until 4:30pm so you don’t have to get there as early as I did. Eggs (any style), bacon, turkey sausage and Chipotle Turkey Hash all grace the menu as well as a protein packed plate, pancakes and omelettes.
I went for the the Farmhouse breakfast; two eggs scrambled or fried and a biscuit with turkey sausage and a side of cheesy grits. At only $12 I really wasn’t sure what to expect quality-wise but this really was one of the best meals I had during my trip. Those cheesy grits in particular were ah-mazing! I first had grits in Atlanta a couple of years ago and thought they were OK but there blew them away and I couldn’t stop nibbling at them even after I was full.
The biscuit was toasted to perfection, although the silly excuse for butter that they have in the U.S. made me giggle and the turkey sausage was better than any pork ones I’ve ever had. The only real let down was the eggs which I had scrambled. They were perfectly fine just not as wonderful as everything else on the plate. It was a truly outstanding meal for the price that I paid.
I also liked the fact that I wasn’t made to feel out of place despite dining alone and I wasn’t the only one to do so during my stay. I never felt rushed or unwelcome – even when I accidentally found myself in the basement storeroom instead of the toilet, oops! If you’re in the area I’d definitely recommend checking them out for breakfast.
156 Chambers Street
New York City