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A Brunch Fit for the King

When it comes to brunch, New Yorkers are fanatical, but they’re also discerning. Not surprisingly, the city is teeming with restaurants that have stepped up to the challenge, offering menus that are certain to please even the most critical of Manhattan’s brunch enthusiasts. Hearty comfort food typically takes center stage around this time of year—thanks to constantly plummeting temperatures—and the city’s best brunch menus unabashedly deliver. One of our preferred spots, Midtown’s Breslin, serves its own interpretation of Elvis Presley’s famous (and favorite) sandwich.  

The King loved his peanut-butter-and-banana sandwiches, and we’re certain he would have endorsed chef April Bloomfield’s creative take on the pairing. She starts with housemade brioche, which is hollowed out and filled with bananas, peanut butter, and the brioche innards that have been soaked in bourbon and vanilla. How can she possibly top that, you ask? By coating the entire sandwich in filone breadcrumbs and deep-frying it until it’s a crisp, golden brown. Pair that with the restaurant’s Beggar’s Banquet—a beer-based cocktail made with Maker’s Mark, Old Speckled Hen English Pale Ale, and maple syrup—and you’ve got a meal that warms the soul.

The Breslin, 16 West 29th Street, 212.679.1939

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