Leave it to a San Franciscan to have her first breakfast in Manhattan be avocado toast. But Cafe Gitane — a wonderful little French/Moroccan spot in Nolita — does it quite well, perhaps better than some West Coast cafes. It is absolutely sublime when paired with an order of baked eggs with basil, tomato and cream. My only complaint about the eggs was that the yolks were not runny at all, but the flavor more than enough made up for it. I wish I could have returned for lunch or dinner, because many other menu items look delicious.
Cafe Gitane // 113 Jane St. and 242 Mott St., New York City
Have you gotten off your high horse to spend $4+ on fancy toast and delicious Four Barrel coffee yet at The Mill? Highly recommend.
Welcome to b. patisserie, a charming, modern French pastry spot in lower Pac Heights churning out tasty treats: croissants of all kinds, quiche, kouign-amann, tartines, you name it. Throw in Four Barrel coffee and lots of seating and you can’t go wrong.
Owner Belinda Leong — previously a pastry chef at Gary Danko in San Francisco — had been doing the pop-up thing for awhile before finally opening up her own brick and mortar. Her story is worth reading.
b. patisserie // 2821 California St., San Francisco
Reveille Coffee Co.’s relatively new outpost at Castro & 18th (opened in February) isn’t to be missed. Beyond high-quality coffee, they have plenty of food options: an array of those famous hipster toasts, yogurt + granola, salads and sandies. Too bad I didn’t realize and came with on a full stomach, only prepared for the coffee. It’s a really beautiful space, with indoor and outdoor seating a’plenty.
Reveille Coffee Co. // 4076 18th St., San Francisco
I think I’ve found the best brunch in San Francisco. I’ve been to Nopa for dinner, but brunch at the Divisadero Street restaurant is a whole different game.
A must order is the custard french toast — a magical construction of the most perfectly cooked, crusty on the outside but custardy on the inside piece of french toast you’ll ever have, topped with a dollop of housemade butter and caramelized orange slice. Pairs quite nicely with the sunshine fix cocktail (aperol, gin, lemon & angostura). The two savory dishes we tried were also stunning — butter-basted eggs with grilled bread, crispy artichokes, ham & pecorino and kielbasa with roasted carrots, sauerkraut & some tasty creamy sauce (the official name escapes me). This is brunch on another level. Highly recommend.
Nopa // 560 Divisadero St., San Francisco