Having heard and read so much about the uber-hip Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, we felt we couldn't call ourselves true, authentic Brooklynites until we'd ventured inside for some seasonal, local, beautiful food.
With rumbling tummies, we grabbed a light-flooded table for two on a Saturday afternoon, and were distracted from the stunning decor by the staff's Halloween-costumes. They had all coordinated to make up the cast of Scooby Doo and it made a very amusing spectacle. Our order was taken by a super friendly Velma Dinkley, and our food was served by Scooby himself. Only in Williamsburg.
I was feeling slightly worse for wear after a rather decadent meal at ABC Kitchen the night before (more to come on that soon!), and was thrilled to be presented with a spectacularly autumnal plate of greens and oranges. Wholegrains, squash, cilantro and egg had been carefully scattered to form a fresh, but comforting, soul-reviving salad.
B went for the French toast. Out of character, but with good reason. A spectacular pile of crisped yet spongey brioche was adorned with savoury goat cheese, sweet, almost caramelised pears, and crunchy roasted walnuts. The most perfect plate of brunch fodder.
Eventually, after Daphne Blake had bought us our check, we removed ourselves from our perfect people-watching corner and ventured outside for a lazy Saturday afternoon stroll around Williamsburg. The best way to spend a warm Fall weekend.
Reynard, Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249