The other day I realized that I haven’t actually gone to brunch in a while. Not for any other reason outside of being too lazy to plan it and leave my apartment before noon on any given weekend.
Last Sunday, I put on my pants and headed out to try the new brunch menu at Babu Ji. Why? Because it sounded different. And it was a beautiful day. Motivating factors: present.
Babu Ji is “modern Indian” food and used to reside in Alphabet City; they have recently moved locations to the Union Square area, which is insanely convenient for me, coming from Williamsburg. The space is bi level, so we sat upstairs and proceeded to order a lot of food. If you’re gonna brunch after a long break from brunch, you might as well brunch hard.
The naan pizza may have been the best, most unique brunch item I’ve seen in a while. It was almost like a fluffy quesadilla – made with naan bread instead of a tortilla and stuffed with cheese. So so good. Great hangover food too, if I do say so myself.
The Colonel Tso’s cauliflower was another big hit at the table, so I highly recommend an order of that. And if you must brunch, you must also try a brunch cocktail. This is the Don’t Tell Auntie – with tequila, mezcal, aperol, beetroot, lime, and black lava salt. So good and you can really taste the beets and lime. You won’t regret it.
Don’t Tell Auntie
Mixed Greens and Tandoori Chicken
Curry & Rice Bowl (w Butter Chicken)
General Tso’s Cauliflower
Aloo Naan Eggs Benedict
22 East 13th Street
Website Menu: Babu Ji