I’ve always had difficulty wrapping my head around eating at a restaurant named after the Five Points. An old time New York City intersection where filth, disease, gangs, crime, and corruption all met; ironically to form what was known as “Paradise Square.” However, if someone put a gun to my head and asked me to provide them with the name of a top notch New York City brunch spot, my first instinct would be Five Points in NoHo.
The old Five Points of lower Manhattan, formerly infested by slum life, is now home to the Civic Center. An area filled with State and Federal administrative buildings and courthouses. When it comes to brunch, the court is adjourned. Chef Marc Meyer is guilty of cooking up one of New York’s most reliably delicious and hearty brunches. Yes, they take reservations.
Start your brunch off with banana-walnut bread and wash it down with one of the best Bloody Marys New York has to offer. I highly recommend the Eggs Rancheros and Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes. An order of Mac & Cheese is a must, too good to keep to yourself; share this one with the table.
Now you’ve got a solid buzz going and you’re definitely full. Chances of doing anything productive with the rest of your day are as good as someone in old Five Points living past 20 without catching typhus or cholera.
Which reminds me of the disease I tend to suffer from when ordering at Five Points; short term memory loss. Apparently, I like to pretend I’m Drew Barrymore in 50 First Dates. I read the menu over as if I’m going to go with anything but the Eggs Rancheros. Eventually, I come to my senses and order them (while speaking with a lisp of course).
In all seriousness, I really forget just how great they are and I’m always pleasantly surprised. Yes, I just compared Eggs Rancheros to Adam Sandler, but after Jack and Jill, it’s safe to say his career is over… easy.
Five Points- http://fivepointsrestaurant.com/; 31 Great Jones Street; 212-253-5700
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