For whatever reason, until today I'd never eaten in this restaurant, although it's near my apartment and a local favorite. Based on this morning's satisfying brunch, I would recommend it to anyone in the area. The service is warm and accommodating, the prices are reasonable, and the food's very good and un-run-of-the-mill. I had Zoe's Malawah, which was sunny-side-up eggs on a big disk of layered bread that tasted like a naan/phyllo hybrid, accompanied by a dish of cool, mildly spicy tomato puree. The kitchen is slow as molasses, but there was obviously a lot of care taken in the preparation of the food. It was pleasing to the eye and the palate. The only downside was the music, which was reminiscent of Jonathan Schwartz's show - exactly what I left the house to avoid. Luckily, there were lots of (well-behaved) kids around, so they kind of drowned it out.
189 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002