The Standard Grill: Great Brunch, Standard Service

We’ve been to The Standard Grill for dinner before – but we’ve always wanted to try it for brunch. The Standard Grill is the restaurant located at the Standard Hotel, on 13th Street and Washington. We arrived before noon for brunch on a recent Sunday – and were happy to see that the place was relatively empty, so we thought we’d be seated right away. But…that wasn’t the case. The hostess told us she’d seat us in 35 minutes (which didn’t make sense, since there were literally 12 tables empty inside, and several more available outside). We agreed, and after about 20 minutes of waiting, we asked the hostess how much longer it would be. She said five more minutes (huh? for what?). Finally – after another minute or two, a different hostess brought us to a table. Although we were a bit annoyed by the delayed table seating, we instantly perked up when we sat down and spotted the salt and pepper shakers on the table – they’re in the shape of dogs (and each table has a different pair of them – so cute!).

We were thirsty and starving by the time we sat down, so we immediately wanted to order. Our party of three decided upon the basket assortment of homemade muffins, scrambled eggs with toast, an omelette with bacon and swiss cheese, and the most delicious-sounding item on the menu – the french toast with buttered rum, walnuts and bananas. The muffins came out first, and were a lot smaller than we had imagined. They also weren’t served in a basket – but on a small white plate. There were four kinds: lemon poppyseed, banana walnut, chocolate, and blueberry strudel. We didn’t taste the lemon poppyseed, but the rest were delish!

The really annoying thing, though, is that our muffins were served before we got our coffee or orange juice. When we asked our waitress where our coffee was, she said, “Sorry, we’re just really slammed in the kitchen.” Umm, pardon us, but isn’t coffee the easiest thing to have ready? And the place wasn’t too full…but, anyway. Our coffee finally came, but after we’d finished with the muffins. Next, out came the food (still no orange juice!). But the food looked (and tasted!) so good it really didn’t matter. The eggs were fresh and tasty, and piping hot…

But the best part of the meal (by far!) was the french toast. It was not too big or too sweet, so it was the perfect size to share. By the way – we didn’t get our OJ until after our meals were served! Overall, our waitress was soooo slow, and totally clueless! But the food really made up for the bad service. Everything tasted great – and we’d definitely go back.

Since it was such a gorgeous day, we decided to take a walk on the Highline right above the restaurant (and walk off some of those calories!). For those of you who don’t know – the Highline is a park located on Manhattan’s West Side, which runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to 20th Street. It’s basically just a concrete pathway with plenty of places to sit (and sunbathe!). It was so nice to breathe in fresh air and enjoy a crisp, awesome fall day in NYC. If anyone is visiting New York soon – we recommend dining at the Standard Grill and then checking out the Highline – a recipe for the perfect Sunday!

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