Brunch at Peels in the East Village

Apparently Hamid carries around hard boiled eggs with him in the morning

SO after multiple failed attempts, Hamid and I finally made it to Peels, one of his favorite spots for brunch. Every time we’ve tried to go there before on the weekend, it ends up being kind of a wait and we give up. But this was a Friday morning and after our workout, we went straight over and were seated right away. The place itself is so cute and I found out later that its owned by the same people who run Freemans, another slightly hidden alley restaurant in the LES (I personally think their dinner trumps their brunch their though!!).

A peek inside

Cute condiments

This would sort of explain the restaurant’s country-style home aesthetic, though this place is a little more roomy with two levels of seating areas. They pretty much serve traditional American and comfort foods, but I tried to be “good” so I ordered their spa eggs (egg white omelette, sautéed spinach, onions, goat cheese). Hamid could afford to eat a little richer since he’s practically always at the gym as a trainer so he got the fried chicken sandwich (not fair, but I was strong).

Spa eggs, $11

Fried chicken sandwich, $12

I devoured my eggs — a huge departure from our last brunch fail at Phebe’s. These were fresh, freshly seasoned with the right ratio of cheese:spinach:egg. Hamid’s meal was a monster of a sandwich and he nearly couldn’t finish his fries (I might have helped a little…but really, who wouldn’t eat fries if it were in front of them? Am I right or am I right?). Maybe my meal wasn’t particularly special otherwise — the ambiance was lovely and the food was good so I can’t complain either.

Restaurant Info:

325 Bowery St.
at 2nd St.
New York, NY 10003
(646) 602-7015
East Village


Meal: Brunch
Occasion: Post-workout feasting
Price: $$
(Out of three stars)
Ambiance: ***
Food: **
Service: **
Would I go back?: Yes, I’d definitely want to try more food on their menu.

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