The brunch menu at Bright Food Shop, the East-meets-Southwest fusion place in Chelsea, features a rewarding vegan variation on huevos rancheros–big chunks of smoked tofu (in place of egg) piled atop black beans and corn tortillas, topped with vegan cheese and sour cream. “Fabulous!” raves piccola. “Slightly spicy, very smoky, filling but not heavy.” Also recommended: green chile pozole, eggs with thick-cut bacon, nice chile-flecked cornbread, and the unlikely but surprisingly tasty smoked salmon “maki,” with egg and wasabi cream cheese rolled into a spinach tortilla. Pass on the stingy side of fruit.
A few blocks away, Elmo serves a nice cheddar-avocado omelette, generously filled and perfectly cooked. Service is swift and the room is loud and loungey. A solid neighborhood place, says Lucia.
At Danal in the East Village, don’t miss the French toast, which is made with croissants. “I was blown away,” marvels Desidero. “Best I have had in a long while.” Excellent cafe au lait, too.
Bright Food Shop [Chelsea]
218 8th Ave., at W. 21st St., Manhattan
156 7th Ave., at W. 19th St., Manhattan
Danal [East Village]
90 E. 10th St, between 3rd and 4th Aves., Manhattan