Flinders Lane - Antipodean Brunch

 Lovely lamb

Lovely lamb

 

(East Village)

Flinders Lane

162 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

Tel. 212-228-6900

I came to love Australian cuisine while I was living in London (check out the amazing Granger & Co if you’re ever in West London), it’s fresh and delicious, heavy on the avocado and those folks know their coffee (flat white, yes please!  See recent feature on Flat Whites at Happy Bones). Flinders Lane was the first proper sit down Aussie restaurant I’d seen in the neighborhood so we decided to give it a go for brunch with the tot and we were not disappointed!

We came early right when they opened for brunch on a Saturday at 11:00 a.m., which was perfect timing and settled into a two top with a bench seat on one side and a chair on the other. Perfect for feeding the monkey and letting her people watch out the window! I had the Smashed Avocado on Sourdough Toast with eggs, rocket (arugula), roasted tomato and dukkah (a lovely mix of ground up herbs, nuts and spices) YUM. Husb had the ‘Hamburger With the Lot’ which in Australia includes pickled beets, grilled pineapple and a fried egg…I wasn’t convinced initially but it was delicious! The tot was very happy eating everything off both of our plates.

Food/drink tips:

-       Recommend everything mentioned above as well as the flat white and grilled lamb cutlets that were cooked to perfection.

-       Great geographically diverse wine list, with some harder to find Australian wine as well as some very pleasing cocktails

-       Michelin Guide 2015 recommended (which is usually a good marker for quality!)  Also see most recent review in the New York Times.

-       Booking available for dinner on Seamless, reservations not accepted for brunch

Baby tips:

-       Staff were accommodating and tolerant of what turned out to be a screamy toddler…our meal ended a bit too close to nap time and we took turns walking in Thompkin’s Square Park with her while the other person finished brunch

-       Get there early for brunch, probably would skip it for dinner with a small child (but love it for a night out sans kids!)

-       No high chairs or booster seats, so definitely get there early to acquire booth seating

-       It’s a bit tight on space so I’d go carrier instead of stroller if possible