Brunch is the quintessential meal/event of a New York weekend. And Pizza is an Italian favorite that can be eaten breakfast, lunch, or dinner. What do you get when you mix the two? Awesome breakfast favorites and light seasonal ingredients shining through sans the red tomato sauce.
1. Industry Kitchen: Smoked Salmon Pizza- South Street Seaport(Map)
When I think of Industry Kitchen I immediately picture the $2,000 24k Pizza with caviar, foie gras, truffles, and of course 24k gold. While I don’t know many people that can afford that, their woodfire pizzas are 1/100th of the cost and worth every penny. A great option in the South Street Seaport area, I had to check it out for brunch, the great views of the water doesn’t hurt. The smoked salmon pizza was my poison of choice. It had Nova Scotia lox, crème fraiche, onions, lots of dill, and capers.
I would definitely order again, less ‘bready’ and more delicate than eating lox and cream cheese on a bagel. The toppings combo is tried and true, so the extra crispiness from the crust ad the added saltiness from the fried capers were the perfect toppings to elevate this brunch pizza.
2. Union Fare: Squash Blossom Pizza- Union Square(Map)
Birthday Cake Croissants (plus other flavors) is usually what I am picking up from Union Fare. Right off of Union Square, you can’t beat the convenience of the bakery. But within the same space is their full restaurant/bar. You can get everything from baked goods to seafood to brunch favorites. The item on the menu that popped out for me was their Squash Blossom Pizza. I LOVE Squash Blossoms, my mom would grow zucchini plants in our backyard just so we could eat the flowers. I was truly delighted to see the seasonal element as an ingredient on the pizza and had to order it. The blossoms were laid out in a sunflower pattern over a bed of ricotta drizzled with honey and sunflower seeds.
I truly enjoyed this dish, it just reminds me of summer. The presentation is so elegant and the combo really works together, the honey brings in the right amount of sweetness.
It isn’t really brunch until there is an #eggporn worthy dish on the list. Dar525 is great for brunch because they have great Mediterranean food and a bottomless drink special. There were so many things on the menu I wanted to try. I ended up enjoying their version of a breakfast pizza, which is white pizza with onions, mushroom, mozzarella, feta, za’atar and of course two perfectly two poached eggs.
The eggs did make this a bit messy to eat but added a nice sauce on the pizza. I liked the mixture of cheese and vegetables and the subtle za’atar. I’ll have to try their Mediterranean pizza next time.
Pizzas come in all shapes and sizes. I’m glad it is socially acceptable to eat this for breakfast/brunch now. I’m excited to try out others, leave me any of suggestions below in the comments!