NYC, West VillageBluestone Lane, the best Aussie brunch in Manhattan

By Fabienne Dobbe @modelslovefood
22 October '18

If we’re talking about the most famous Aussie brunch spots in NYC, then Bluestone Lane might well top that list. After moving from Melbourne to New York to work in banking, the founder and CEO Nick Stone found himself missing his local Melbourne café experience. So, in July 2013, he opened the very first Bluestone Lane location in midtown.

Now they have  20 branches across the States. Bluestone Lane is known for amazing coffee and their signature brekkie board: half avo smash and half greek yoghurt with lemon curd. Yum!

The location

My favourite branch is their most cosy café at 30 Carmine St.
It’s in West Village – a really trendy area with a cluster of healthy hotspots like ByCHLOE, Cafe Clover, Banter and Urban Vegan Kitchen.

The space

The outside is striking due to the pretty collection of blue seats and tables with umbrellas. Carmine St is busy, but great for people watching. Inside it’s all white washed timber and minimal. It’s also quite cosy). One wall is lined with banquettes and white marble tables. The other side has a long white table with bar stools.

It can be hard to get a table, as it’s always busy, but you can also grab a drink at the bar at the back of the restaurant.

Hanging plants jazz up the space. Be warned though- it can get quite noisy. You can work on a laptop, but, due to the turnover, staying for a longtime would probably not be appreciated.

The crowd

Bluestone Lane is very popular with New Yorkers and tourists. Our tip is to avoid the weekend as you may have a long wait.  Dogs are allowed on the terrace.

The fresh juice test

Bluestone Lane have a seasonal selection of cold-pressed juices, plus some heart warming lattes. These include beet, matcha and our favourite, Golden,  which is a delicious mix of turmeric, cinnamon, ginger and black pepper and is anti-inflammatory and detoxing.

What we ate

Bluestone Lane has an Australian inspired menu- pure food without any fuss.

They do have a lot of gluten free options, but dairy free is a little problematic. To eat vegan, you have to skip some things in the dishes, and they don’t have substitute items. This was a little bit disappointing for us. They also serve eggs, meat and fish

We had the Collective Granola, Bluestone Lane Rainbow Bowl and the Husk Bakeshop Banana Bread.

The Granola is from the brand Husk and is made of toasted oats, coconut chips, seeds and nuts and is gluten free. It usually comes with fresh fruits, greek yoghurt and citrus curd, but since I’m allergic to dairy, we switched the greek yoghurt to almond milk. They told us they would add more fruit to compensate, but they only gave us four blueberries and a sliced strawberry and a tiny portion of almond milk. However, the granola was very delicious, it was crunchy and had a really nice texture.

The Bluestone Lane Rainbow Bowl was filled with maple roasted heirloom carrots, spinach, lentils, pickled beets, poached egg, sweet potato hummus and avocado with turmeric, ginger yogurt dressing and feta (which we put on the side). The carrots were very well done, soft tender and slightly sweet because of the maple syrup.

The banana bread was our favourite dish.

We got two very thick slices of lightly toasted gluten free Husk banana bread. The bread was drizzled with some honey and topped with toasted pecans, fresh blueberries and strawberries. For those who like dairy, it came with fresh ricotta on the side.

The little things that make the difference

The West Village branch has been designed to host private events, casual cocktail parties and celebrations featuring flexible furniture arrangements and a multi-media and AV system. So, if you’re ready to celebrate, head to Bluestone Lane!

The bill

Husk Bakeshop GF banana bread  13$
Collective Granola   9$
Bluestone Lane Rainbow bowl   16$

Bluestone Lane

30 Carmine Street
New York, NY 10014

(718) 374-6858
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