Weekend Brunch in Hell's Kitchen

By Raphael Pallais of The Plaza
March 1, 2012 | New York, United States
Weekend Brunch in Hell's Kitchen
Photo: Allerina & Glen MacLarty, Flickr

Another weekend is fast approaching, and so we must ask ourselves that perennial question: Where to go for brunch?

If you’re tired of the same old omelette, then you might want to try HK Restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen. Lobster eggs benedict. Frittata with merguez sausage and chipotle-avocado salsa. Poached eggs with red wine sauce over wild mushroom and asparagus hash. This is not the kind of brunch you can whip up at home. And that’s the point, right?

HK also makes a very good Bellini. And they keep them flowing. For $14.95, you get unlimited Bellinis, Bloody Marys, Screwdrivers or Champagne. Seriously, if they see your glass is empty, they will fill it, so be sure to pace yourself (remember, you’ve got the whole day ahead of you!).

Because HK is tucked behind the Port Authority on Ninth Avenue, its less-than-glitzy location ensures that you’re hanging out with locals. The restaurant has a fun, laidback vibe and an industrial-chic design.

Like all great brunch spots in New York, you usually have to wait for a table, but here’s the other great thing about HK: it’s on the same block as the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market, one of the best flea markets in the city. While you wait for a table you can kill time by browsing through treasures — from antiques to vintage jewelry, mid-century modern home décor to original fashion.

The market takes over 39th Street, between Ninth and Tenth avenues, every Saturday and Sunday (weather pending), 9 am to 5 pm.

Brunch and a bargain? Now that’s a pretty good weekend plan.