Left Bank

Smoked salmon

A simply perfect brunch scene in the West Village

By Carissa Chesanek

Simplicity rules both in the ambiance and on the menu at Left Bank. Bypass the bar and make your way to the back to the cozy dining room surrounded by bay windows and ultra plush cushions—which work well for lounging with a mimosa. On the menu you’ll find a list of large hearty meals of pure comfort food turned wild. The smoked salmon (pictured above) might sound familiar—like your old friend, eggs Benedict—but it’s just… better. Smothered in Hollandaise sauce, the salmon and white fish sit atop crunchy potato latkes for more of a legit memory than any old English muffin can offer.

More comforting still, the grilled cheese—stuffed with four different cheeses—is cut up into bite-sized chunks and served with a rich tomato soup. But forget about savory for a minute, and hightail it over to the land of the sweet with the Dutch baby (ahem, German-inspired pancake). The looker, pictured below, isn’t just pretty, it tastes like fried dough hooked up with French toast.

Then there’s dessert. Don’t you forget about me.

Maybe you find yourself ogling the menu. Maybe the server comes over with the maple syrup pie. Maybe you won’t be able to resist an extra crumbly crust that’s oozing something sugary sweet.


Dutch baby

hours

Dinner: Mon–Tue 5 PM–10 PM; Wed–Fri 5 PM–11 PM; Sat 4 PM–11 PM; Sun 4 PM-10 PM
Brunch: Sat–Sun 10 AM–4 PM

price range

$21 (potato gnocchi) to $24 (half roast chicken)
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