Parish Hall. Location: Brooklyn. Williamsburg. North 3rd Street. Scene: Clean. Relaxed. Food: Egg and Cheese Sandwich. Beet and Brisket Hash. Savory Oatmeal. Porchetta Sandwich.
- Duck Hash: Braised Duck, Celery, Apple, Potatoes, Kale, Two Eggs and Toast (1st pic)
- Chopped Salad: Market Vegetables, Vermont Goat Cheese, Lemon-Butternut Dressing (2nd pic)
Parish Hall reeled me in because it’s the second restaurant from the owners of Egg, which is one of my favorite brunch places in Brooklyn. Upon entering the space, it is very modern, symmetrical and pure. It’s very clean and crisp with little decor but a few flowers in the room. This makes it look very spacious and different from most brunch scenes throughout the city where people are squished in line or craming 7 people into a table that’s really made for 4. The entire place benefits from natural lighting, but the front feels more social and friendly due to the large windows and communal tables. Because the back doesn’t have any windows for guests to look out of it almost feels like a bland cafeteria.
The menu is pretty straight to the point with plates vs. sandwiches. The Chopped Salad might not be the first thing that pops out at you in this menu full of Smoked Trout and Eggs, Patty Melt or a Ploughman Grilled Cheese sandwich, but I’m telling you this salad is awesome and the perfect healthy dish to wake you up on Saturday morning. It’s filled with market vegetables that are in season such as turnips, parsnips, celery root, radish as well as apples, pecans and goat cheese. It’s more of a veggie plate than a typical salad with lettuce, and it tastes fresh out of the garden. The Johnny Cakes are a thin Swedish type pancake. It’s so light, but I’m more into the thick, fluffy kind that give you a stomach ache…right? The Duck Hash is also a big hit with kale, braised duck and two poached eggs. The portions are very fair and the size that most restaurants should be serving these days. The service is pretty quick and pushed us out in almost an hour making me feel a little empty. Parish Hall which was New York Magazine named Best Brunch of 2013 would not win that award from me, but the quality of the ingredients and pleasant environment is definitely something that stands out.