What you get: French-inspired daily egg dishes + waffles + croissants with sweet butter and jam + amazing coffee

Buvette is one of those unmissable New York brunch spots. A charming bistro in West Village, it’s always been a favorite of mine. I had amazing salmon scrambled eggs here last summer before boarding a plane to Paris. This weekend, I made a trip back and was instantly nostalgic for Europe.

Jody Williams’ French-inspired bistro is unashamedly European. The marble bar counter, tin ceiling, and polished pewter coffee pots introduce luxurious little touches to the typical West Village dining experience. Cutlery is tiny and so are the tables. Maneuvering coffee cups, small plates, silverware, and dishes of omelettes and pastries is like solving a jigsaw puzzle, a true French experience if there ever was one.

After our two foamy cappuccinos, my boyfriend ordered a mouthwatering ham and gruyere omelette with roasted tomatoes and sage. I tried the poached egg with cooked kale, green lentils, and pecorino cheese. For “dessert” we split an order of croissants with strawberry jam and sweet butter. The pastries were buttery and warm, but the real winners were the egg dishes.

Buvette may be a great brunch spot, but it’s open all day, serving a light lunch and small plates with wine pairings in the evening. The right-hand wall of the dining room features a large blackboard with a chalk-drawn map of France and its wine regions. I’m looking forward to sampling their wine selection one night very soon.

42 Grove St, New York, NY 10014
Breakfast/brunch is served weekdays from 8am-4pm, weekends starting at 10am. 

I’d be silly not to mention Buvette’s Paris location in Pigalle. Although I never made it over here during my time in Paris, it’s on the top of my list for the next visit 😉


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