Baker & Co.
-A Monthly Column By Joshua Wanger, Featuring NYC Restaurant Reviews-
Brunch at this unassuming, casual restaurant on Bleecker Street may not push any culinary boundaries, but the food and atmosphere are delightful. The simple décor is charming, and the food follows suit with typical New York brunch staples that do not reinvent already delicious dishes. Even when full, it never gets too loud, and the friendly wait staff give the space a very homey feel. The restaurant is perfect for small gatherings of friends, birthday celebrations, or even a first date.
Along with the standard New York brunch drinks—mimosas, bellinis, and an interesting and spicy Baker’s Beer Bloody Mary—specialty cocktails add an element of excitement to the meal. The Balsamic combines a somewhat bitter Italian vermouth and a very sweet dessert sherry with apple bitters and coffee to produce a potently sweet drink—perfect for pairing with one of the plainer entrées. The house-made organic granola with Greek yogurt, for instance, is a lovely and healthy option that melds with the flavors of the complex cocktail.
There are no surprises coming from the kitchen, but everything tastes delicious. Catching a whiff of a Creekstone Farm dry-aged burger will make any diner regret ordering otherwise. Diners fond of the classics won’t go astray taking the butternut squash ravioli. Butter and sage and homemade pasta make the world a better place.
Reservations are recommended for groups, as the restaurant is small. If available, the patio is a beautiful, enclosed, greenhouse-like seating area with great lighting. While Baker & Co. isn’t mind-blowing, the food is good, prices are budget friendly (for the area), and locals will enjoy repeat visits with friends.
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