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Brunch at Joseph Leonard | Around the World in 30 Days

I am a girl that brunches. Enjoying a late breakfast and the perfect beverage (cocktails and cappuccinos, anyone?) among great company is the definition of a perfect weekend to me. So, during my weekend trip to New York City, I wanted to treat my family to one such delicious meal. But, where to go? The city offers countless options for a great brunch. I decided to bring my family to Joseph Leonard. And, let me tell you, I am so happy I found this place.

A Local Gem

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Joseph Leonard is a cozy find on the corner of Waverly and Grove in the West Village. The restaurant is only a couple blocks west of Washington Square Park, making it a popular spot with the locals as well as a great option for visitors.

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The space probably fits around 40 or so people—very snugly—but this only adds to the restaurant’s charm. A smiling couple enjoying their meal, a couple of friends laughing over some drinks, a group chatting away in the back corner. The mood is very lighthearted. The atmosphere is very friendly. At Joseph Leonard, you feel a sense of community.

Seasonal and Fresh Food

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Opened in 2009 by restaurateur Gabriel Stulman and Chef James McDuffee and their team, Joseph Leonard offers American cuisine seven days a week. The restaurant is open all day, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. You can also pop in with some friends for a snack and one of their delicious cocktails at the bar.

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The brunch menu is a wonderfully curated selection of well-thought dishes that are fresh and provide a great start to the day. Portions are perfect, not too small that you’re still hungry and not too big that you can’t walk. The salmon benedict is a refreshing spin on the classic eggs benedict, forgoing the rich hollandaise for greens and light sauce.

Visit Joseph Leonard

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Joseph Leonard doesn’t take reservations, so don’t be surprised if you have to wait a few minutes for this tiny treasure. But, I assure you, this place is worth it.

Address: 170 Waverly Place, New York, New York 10014

Telephone: +01-646-429-8383


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