Living in midtown, I feel like I’ve exhausted some of my favored brunch places. The usual suspects for me have been Eatery and Norma’s, but all said, the area’s not known for their brunch spots as much as places like the Village. Restaurants have been trying to counteract that rep though, most recently Ted’s Montana Grill who just unveiled a new brunch menu and invited me to try it out.
I didn’t even know this place existed even living a few blocks away. Interestingly, the restaurant was created by media entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner (CNN) and George McKerrow (founder of LongHorn Steakhouse).
My friend Priya came along to give the menu a try. The great thing about this place is even though it’s huge, it has cozy, dimly lit booths for a more personal feel. Priya and I got a sampling of their Chantilly Waffles, Crab Cakes Benedict, and day’s special, Huevos Rancheros.
Chantilly waffles: Malted waffles, pure maply syrup, cream with fresh berries
Crab Cakes Benedict: Signature St. Philip’s Island crab cakes, wilted spinach, poached eggs with chipotle hollandaise, served with breakfast potatoes.
The crab cake was decidedly the favorite between Priya and I (the chipotle hollandaise gave it a slight advantage). The waffle gave a welcomed sweet bite, without being overly sugary. The huevos rancheros was the special of the day, which was good but could have used a little more sauce or spice. The kitchen is experimenting with their brunch menu a bit so it’ll be interesting to see what more they come up with. They’re off to a great start though, seeing that their incorporating more than just bison and meat to their brunch menu, even being a steakhouse that’s known for that (note: the waitress said their short ribs is one of their more popular dishes). It’s nice that the restaurant thoroughly accommodates the non-meat eaters with their brunch options. Not to mention, the service was impeccable, which made it an extra nice start to our Saturday.
But don’t take my word for it — if you want to try it yourself, I’m giving away a gift card for you and a friend to try their new brunch menu or dinner!
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Occasion: Trying a new place
(Out of three stars)
Ambiance: *** (also great for groups!)
Would I go back?: Yes!
Ted’s Montana Grill
110 W 51st St,
near 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10020
*Gift card value is $50. Does not include tip!
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