Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sunday Brunch

Brunch is definitely a big deal in New York. 
It goes on a lot longer than in London and doesn't seem to be confined to breakfast foods (burger for brunch anyone?)

Last week we went to Red Rooster in Harlem (an easy 20 minute stroll from our flat) for their famous Gospel Sunday Brunch.

It was completely packed when we arrived with a very buzzy atmosphere. We were part of a large group and were originally told it would be a 90 minute wait (no reservations allowed). 

However the amazing gospel singer had just started up and it seemed worth the wait. She was great and really worked the crowd - there was a lot of American clapping and whooping!

Thankfully we were seated in less than half an hour and immediately ordered coffee and corn bread served with pots of honey butter and tomato jam. I would have been completely happy just eating that!

But there was a whole lot more to come... 

Everything was absolutely delicious (although I have to say I still don't really get the appeal of grits) but special mention has to go to the super tasty and crispy fried chicken with yummy hot sauce. 
Perfect comfort food for a freezing cold Sunday. 

Look how happy I am with the spread before me!

It was lovely as always to see Elaine who was in town from San Francisco.

This kind of food seems completely American to me and it was really great to experience something that felt so new as New York often ends up feeling similar to London.

 Having said that I got really excited walking through Harlem on a busy Sunday morning as it felt so much like my lovely Dalston!

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