by Julie Besonen, 08/14/2012
Maple bacon biscuits. Photo: Alexander Thompson
35 E. 18th St., 212-475-5829, Flatiron District, Manhattan
Brunch is no poor stepchild to the dinner experience at Jean-Georges Vongerichten's highly acclaimed ABC Kitchen. The idealized, whitewashed farmhouse setting is as relaxed as an Adirondack chair (if you can get a seat, that is). Do make a reservation and then relax. Executive chef Dan Kluger and his team will take care of the rest. There are seasonal glazed donuts, maple bacon biscuits and scrambled eggs with crispy oysters and hot sauce butter. If you'd like to veer off the egg-centric brunch grid, there's steamed hake with summer squash puree and nasturtium vinaigrette, or wood-oven-roasted Maine lobster.