The antibrunch brunch
If the last thing you want is eggs and bacon.
Wed Jun 11 2008
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Not your typical brunch fare
Most restaurants don’t list Seasoned Soy Sauce Duck Tongue among their usual brunch repertoire. Tuck into some unusual dim sum in Sunset Park. With more than 150 menu items, there’s a body part for everyone. Takeout is also available in case you want some of that sea cucumber and fish maw on the run. 813 55th St between Eighth Avenue and Ninth Avenue, Brooklyn (718-871-2880). Mon-Fri 9am-11pm; Sat-Sun 8am-11pm
This Japanese dessert-driven eatery in midtown—and 2007 Eat Out Award winner—debuted its brunch menu on May 31. On Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5:30pm, try Japanese French toast soaked in coffee shochu sauce and Savory Egg Soufflé among other items, all under $20. Top it off with some guilt-free soymilk soft serve.
Cobble Hill and Park Slope residents take advantage of the $10 brunch at these sister Israeli spots featuring an array of eggs, granolas, and Israeli specialties like shakshuka, poached eggs in a tomato pepper sauce with hummus and pita. Make sure to wash it all down with a slightly smoky Maccabee lager, Israel’s national beer. Order to-go to avoid the inevitable crowds.
Perfect Team Corporation
As the name might suggest, this Flushing dim sum restaurant is all business. Patrons with vehicles can park in the lot across the street, then amble up a flight of stairs to order from a menu of dim sum essentials like baked pork buns and beef rice rolls. 136-59 37th Ave at 138th St, Flushing, Queens (718-888-9996). Daily 9am-midnight.
Vegetarian Dim Sum House
Amid the storefront carcasses of Chinatown, hungry waifs come here for some of the city’s most innovative and deftly executed vegetarian food. Imitation meats are the way to go, from mock sesame chicken to tender dumplings filled with rice-flour “shrimp.” For something sweet, try a fresh kiwi shake.