A Fun Brunch With My Mom, On The DL
Dinner on Ludlow extends their menu to brunch, with a nightclub vibe
By Helaina Hovitz
Unfortunately for my mother, the dancing queen of her day, my dad is not a dancer. And, just her luck, dancing was not yet on the menu when we had brunch at Dinner on Ludlow (95 Delancey Street). The popular nightspot began serving its weekend fare last month, and they've been bumping music like it's Friday night - so if you want to extend your weekend just a little while longer on Sunday, or kick it up a notch on Saturday, this is the place to go.
Bordered by floor to ceiling glass windows, the space features a long bar lined with clear jars full of lemon, lime, and cucumber, as well as intimate tables and banquettes, gothic décor, and crystal chandeliers. The dark woods and ornamental metal filigree give the room a clubby feel, but it still works as a restaurant. The velvet ropes were gathered in a corner by the door - no need for them so early in the day, (unless brunch becomes as popular as the rooftop nightclub).
The music started off as light and jazzy, but kicked up around 1 p.m., and all off a sudden my mom and I felt like we were up in the club.
My mom's only complaint was, "I have to dance when I hear this kind of music. I have to."
But she had to fight that feeling and stay in her seat, sipping the mimosa that came with her meal.
We ate Kale Caesar Salad with Asian Pears, Cornflake Crusted French Toast with Dulce de Leche Syrup, Fried Chicken and Biscuits in a rich herb sauce, and Pancakes, still in the pan, sizzling in blueberry compote. The Chantilly (bowl of whipped cream), was served on the side so as not to cool down the hotcakes.
"I like these Parmesan Truffle Fries, even though I don't really like Parmesan Truffle Fries," my mom said.
Chef John Keller has lived across the street from the DL for ten years, and brunch has been on his mind for a long time. He was hesitant, at first, because, "it's a tough neighborhood during the day, but the warm weather usually lures them out."
The doors and windows were open, so it was almost like we were eating outside.
"I think we waited for the right time," he said, leaving us with sugary donut holes dipped in chocolate sauce and ice cream. Breeze blowing through our hair and bass bumping against the walls, we couldn't have agreed more.
"All you need now is a midday dance floor," I said on the way out.
Good news! They're bringing one in. DJs Jennared and Soni will soon spin for a "brunch party" once a month, and a bi-monthly brunch event, hosted by celebrity Chef Roble, "Everyday People," will also be happening on the rooftop. Check out for details.
Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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