Where to Eat Brunch Right Now in NYC
Pastry chef Eric See’s Crown Heights cafe and bakery, Ursula, has become a Brooklyn favorite known for its New Mexican-inspired menu. For many New Yorkers, morning weekend plans now include rushing to the fast-casual eatery before noon to snag a highly coveted breakfast burrito. Choose from four varieties—Chorizo, Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, or Vegan Pinto Beans—all of which are made with hash browns and include green and/or red New Mexican chile. Additional menu items include Brioche Egg Sandwich or a variety of baked goods including Blood Orange Almond Pastelito, Brioche Donuts, Tres Leches Cake, Earl Grey Lemon Load, and more.
When customers from Eric See’s now-closed restaurant The Awkward Scone discovered he was from Albuquerque, it didn’t take long before they pressured him into making New Mexican-style breakfast burritos. So when he opened this hole-in-the-wall Crown Heights spot, Ursula, last fall, he decided to name it after his grandmother and devote the whole concept to authentic New Mexican food. Now, he serves breakfast burritos to a long line of customers Wednesday through Sunday mornings until noon—when a few stragglers inevitably arrive too late. But the early risers are rewarded with massive flour tortillas stuffed with scrambled eggs, hash browns, Cheddar, and either bacon, chorizo, or vegan pinto beans (without cheese), and smothered in either red or green New Mexican chile sauce. It’s likely the only New Mexican-style breakfast burrito in the five boroughs. And while technically they are on Caviar, they’re almost never actually available—your best bet is to just head over and get in line.
How to order: Available for pick-up or delivery via Caviar.
The dish: Pumpkin and persimmon pastelito
This Crown Heights newcomer is bringing New Mexican (as in the state, not modern Mexican) cuisine to New Yorkers with stuffed sopapillas, bursting breakfast burritos, and various pastries from Eric See, the mastermind behind the former Awkward Scone. From now through Thanksgiving, go for the pumpkin and persimmon pastelitos, with the fruits encased inside a rye crust and sprinkled with pumpkin seeds on top.
How to order: Walk in only