Brunch is big deal in New York City, and I mean a really big deal. Most restaurants offer separate menus, drink specials and deals to get hard-partying New Yorkers out of bed and in the seats early on a weekend afternoon.
Now I love brunch, and one thing that I really miss about the South is that classic brunch/breakfast staple: the biscuit. With all the restaurant options in the Big Apple, there is a significant lack of delicious biscuits. People want to do crazy things like make them with whole wheat flour or put crazy herbs in them. I'm fine with a super savory biscuit for dinner, but for breakfast/brunch, I want to slather my biscuit in butter and jam or honey. For that, the biscuit needs to have a more neutral flavor.
I had to try the Biscuits & Fixings appetizer, which came withe two large square biscuits, two types of butter, honey and two different preserves. The presentation was outstanding, and the flavor of the biscuits were spot on. But, the texture was a little strange...almost like cornbread. It was an interesting, not unpleasant, sensation, but it didn't satisfy all of my needs for a great Southern-style biscuit. The search continues.
We also tried the fried pickles, which had a tempura-like batter and were served with a spicy aioli. These were phenomenal. I'd go go back just for them alone.
We arrived at 11:30 a.m., and the wait was a little over an hour. They only offer reservations for parties of 6 or more. We roamed the quite Upper West Side neighborhood while we waited. Jacob's Pickles will send a text when your table is ready, but you only have five minutes to make it back to the restaurant, so don't wander too far. Better yet, dine during off-peak hours or right when they open for the best experience.
The dinner menu is intriguing as well. I'll be back.
509 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10024