NYC — Spring 2017: The Upsider

Thursday, May 25, 2017
After doing some research for best brunch in Midtown East, we decided to head to The Upsider for Sunday brunch. It was a packed house when we got there around 12:30, but there wasn't a significant line-up so we only had to wait ten minutes to be seated, which was nice given the wait for brunch at Penelope the day before (which, frankly, wasn't worth it).

Eggs Benedict

The Upsider offers traditional American brunch foods like pancakes, French toast, and frittatas, but both Ronsee and I decided unanimously to get the Eggs Benedict. It's the most classic brunch item in New York, and we thought it was the perfect dish to get for the last day of our trip. The version here doesn't stray from the original formula, but it is done well: two perfect, plush soft poached eggs and smoky Canadian bacon atop a toasted English muffin and drenched with a smooth hollandaise sauce that has a hint of lemon in it to give it a delightful zesty twist. And since I learned my lesson about switching my side from the previous day's brunch, I kept the salad. It was for the better, really; it's simple, fresh, and light, which balances out the richness of the eggs and hollandaise. Nothing to write home about (it's a green salad, after all), but no complaints. The portion is good, the ingredients are fresh, and it lived up to my expectations of a good Eggs Benedict.

It's a really sleek, minimalist, modern space with splashes of colour in its decor, like the teal quartz bar and the cotton candy pink tables, and a patio that runs around the entirety of the corner restaurant. It's actually quite spacious inside with large windows to let in plenty of sunlight, so it feels relaxed and inviting. Both the hostess and our server were really nice and pleasant and accommodating, and we didn't have to wait long for our coffee, water refills, or our food. (I also have to mention that our server was really, really good-looking, even with a man bun. Always a good time to have some eye candy with your brunch, no?) By the time we left, there was a line-up out the door again, but it's actually worth waiting for; it's a casual, upbeat place for a tasty brunch that is reasonably priced.

The Upsider
1004 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10022
(646) 726-4760
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