Having awoken with a slightly fuzzy head, a brisk walk to the Upper West Side was just what I needed to regain my composure ahead of a day of further adventures around Manhattan.
The excellent Helen had recommended The Ribbon as a top-notch spot for weekend brunchables. A quick look at the menu had me convinced.
We found the place typically abuzz on what is one of New York’s busiest tourist weekends of the year, the first weekend of December.
We were seated in the rear section of their smart dining room. Menus were brought and opening cocktails ordered.
We had our eyes on their pumpkin loaf and hot chicken with chive pancake ahead of time, and added the corned beef hash for good measure.
The loaf arrived first and was a highly enjoyable opening. With cream cheese frosting and a lovely crispness to the crust, this was extremely tasty stuff with a good balance of sweet and savoury notes.
The chicken and hash arrived next. Topped with accurately poached eggs, the hash was rather a posh version with distinct chunks of potato and beef rather than the usual joyfully messy combo. It was a little too elegant for its own good.
The chicken was absolutely first class. The pancake was beautifully light and fluffy and the chicken had an excellent crisp crumb with a nicely judged spice kick. The meat was succulent making for really joyful mouthfuls.
We rounded things out with pretty good espresso martinis. It had been a very acceptable start to our day.
The Ribbon is a high quality place for classic American dishes delivered with style and verve. It set us up for a glorious day in the city. Add it to your list for a visit when next you’re in Manhattan.
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16/20
Today’s questers were: Helen, Blythe
We ate: pumpkin loaf, hot chicken on chive pancake, corned beef hash
We drank: cocktails, coffee, tea, water
Total bill: $131.75
Address: 20 West 72nd, New York 10023