I managed to reconnect with my Jewish heritage (and tastebuds) this weekend at a Wise Sons brunch.
Here’s the rub about Wise Sons, as I gathered from Sunday brunch. It’s not the best brunch/meal you’ll ever have. There is no lavender-infused french toast or earl grey tea lattes or pretentious menu items that are admittedly delicious, but exactly that – pretentious.
Wise Sons is a beautiful space, eclectic decor (old framed photographs of someone’s Jewish family members, Hebrew newspapers, beautiful light fixtures, Jewish-themed record covers), and great but not fussy food. Their cream cheese is excellent, as are the egg dishes. The french toast could do with a little work, but you really can’t go wrong when you make it with challah.
The folks over at Wise Sons know exactly what they’re doing and what they’re about and they do it well with no frills. It wasn’t the best brunch I’ve ever had, but it was good and it was certainly a welcome breath of fresh air in the city that brunches a little too hard sometimes.
Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen // Wed-Fri 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sat-Sun 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.