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NYC’s Best Not-So-Hidden Brunch Spot: The Pavilion

March 24, 2016


Firstly, let me tell you how obsessed I am with brunch.


I’ve never been much of a breakfast person; the idea of eating a lot upon waking or at the start of the day never sat well with me (or my stomach). But admittedly, sometimes when I wake up late, I’m immediately thinking about food. And who wants to wait hours for lunchtime to roll around?

I also just adore brunch food. It tends to be more labour intensive but is so worth it.

Poached eggs? Yes.

Pancakes (preferably gluten free and actually edible)? Yes.

Decedent omelettes? Yes.

Fresh pressed orange juice? Yesss.

One of my mom and my favourite informal weekend traditions is going to brunch. Living in NYC, we never run out of new places to try. I love living in NYC, it’s my favorite place in the world. I remember spending ages looking for an apartment on websites like The Cole. When I found the perfect apartment, I put an offer in and moved in with a week. My apartment is pretty spacious and I love it! It was so exciting and I don’t regret a thing. NYC is a great place to live! If you or someone you know is interested in moving to the big city, check out last minute same day moving Sometimes we just stay in the neighbourhood or I’ll try to “surprise” her by dragging her to whatever hip, new brunch spot I’ve read about that week.


I love being a tourist in my own cities. Pavilion was on some list or another about cool brunch spots. Being back in NYC and in the stunning weather we’ve been having (70?!), it was the perfect Sunday destination.

The decor makes me think of the kind of fancy restaurants you see in spy movies set in Monte Carlo. I almost hallucinated the crash of waves somewhere nearby.

You can sit indoors and outdoors, which is covered by huge orange umbrellas. We chose outdoors (hence the orange shade in all the photos!). We ended up getting:

+ a mint pink lemonade

+ mushroom frittata

+ eggs benedict

+ side salad

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They have a pretty standard, small and a little pricy brunch menu but I’d say it’s worth it for the quality of the food and atmosphere. It’s also super easy to get to via subway or bus.

After brunch, I’d recommend browsing around Union Square a bit; there are lots of fun shops and even a farmers market sometimes with everything. They’ve got cheeses to gluten free cookies to plants.

Overall, I’d definitely recommend the Pavilion and will definitely be coming back!

Where are your go-to brunch places?

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  • Romantiquely March 24, 2016 at 13:37

    HELLO! The food looks absolutely delicious! Eggs benedict my goodness, looks incredible! xxxxx

  • Gabi @ BooksNTrips March 25, 2016 at 08:08

    Seems like a great place to hang out and enjoy some delicious food!

  • Lindsey Elyse @ lindseyginge March 25, 2016 at 23:18

    Sounds delicious! I love eggs benedict (preferably with smoked salmon!) Jealous of your weather… we just got another ice storm!

  • Courtney Violet Bentley March 27, 2016 at 04:44

    This post makes me want to get on a flight and go to NY! Wow what awesome brunch spots! My favorite brunch is smoked salmon egg white frittata with iced coffee, its like the best thing EVER!! xo C

  • Quinn March 28, 2016 at 11:33

    I have been past this place so many times, but I’ve never been! I am a huge breakfast person, but can absolutely get behind brunch – I want to go next time I’m in NY 🙂 Great review!


    • Pia @ Gymbags and Jetlags March 28, 2016 at 17:34

      It’s so cute from the outside and the food is just as good! Thanks for reading Quinn <3

  • Katya Bychkova | StyleSprinter March 30, 2016 at 03:29

    I’ve been at that place a few times, but only when it’s super hot outside as it could be a bit chilly. My fav place in NYC for brunch is ByChloe – they have tons of healthy but super delish options!

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  • Annie Abbey April 7, 2016 at 00:16

    I am so into brunch (although I am the opposite of you and I wake up at like 7am to eat breakfast before I go to brunch haha) but I have never been to The Pavillion! I will have to check it out next time I am in the city.
    xx Annie

  • The Sunday Mode April 16, 2016 at 12:57

    I’m heading to NY soon so that made me love this post even more. Also, don’t even get me started on how much I love brunch! In a perfect world I’d go out for brunch every day, without fail.