When people visit Williamsburg for brunch, 9/10 times they are heading to wait an hour or more for a coveted table at Egg. Now there is another option out there for all you crazy Egg fans…it’s called Parish Hall, and it’s only a few steps away.
There was so much excitement centered around this opening that we expected the wait to be horrendous but instead we just walked in and grabbed a seat. What we noticed right away was how beautiful the space is!! It is clean, fresh and had a nice balance of organic forms/ materials mixed with a minimalist gallery-like setting. We loved the custom tables and the wild flowers had a similar design sensibility as the arrangements from Sprout, my absolute favorite florist in the city.
Chef Evan Hanczor has put together a menu that nicely parallels the beautiful space around it…simple fresh and organic. The beauty of this menu is that it is easy to navigate and despite its small size, you will always find what you are looking for.
We started off with an oysters from Rhode Island. The flavor and freshness of the oysters were fantastic.
Chicken And Barley with spring greens and storage vegetables
The chicken was perfectly cooked and seasoned. The addition of the veggies elevated it beyond your standard chicken dish. Once Jose finished his meal a familiar face walked by. It was no other than the chicken fanatic himself…Fred Armisen. If Fred was eating here the chicken was most definitely local.
Micro Greens with an added poached egg
I decided to keep it simple and ordered the salad with a poached egg on the side. (trying to be healthy these days) The Greens were crisp,fresh and most likely brought in from George Weld’s (the owner) Goatfell Farm. This close relationship between restaurant and farm reminded me a bit of the philosophy behind Radio in Copenhagen.
This plate, while tasty, was not our favorite of the meal. The rye cake was a bit dry. Next time we will try something different.website
Price: Med – Med/High $9- $23
Food: Fresh, Clean, Simple and High Quality, Farm to Table
Design: Modern, Organic, Nice detailing (Love the graphics)
Vibe: Chill, Casual, Great neighborhood spot for frequent visits, Light filled brunch
Menu Inventiveness: 7/10
Healthy Options: Yes
Occasion: Casual, Good for a first date, business meeting, good for groups and family
Noise Level: Low