Normally when people ask me about great brunch spots, my mind immediately goes to all things downtown. The hip and trendy flock to the West Village, SoHo, and the like to wait in line for pancakes and pizzas with eggs on them. I’m happy to report that now there are options in Midtown, like The Ragtrader.
The bi-level space is adorned with different fabrics and trims, mannequins, and even back-dated issues of Vogue. This, perhaps, is a nod to the 20th-century Garment District, since the space was once an old garment factory. Neon lights, white tile, and a large bar greet you upon walking in. The lower level was a tailor’s fitting room, and is now a cocktail and piano bar named “Bo Peep Cocktail & Highball Store”.
The food at The Ragtrader was honestly way better than expected, and the drinks were perfect – the Red Dawn was similar to a Moscow Mule, with vodka, spiced ginger, lime, citrus and soda.
When presented with the menu, I actually had a hard time deciding what to eat because everything looked appetizing. We trusted our friendly waitress to give suggestions, and thankfully she was on point with those. The Bacon Pizza is a MUST. As if I have to tell you that. The bacon was thick yet crisp, and perfectly salty, sitting on top of a cheesy and chewy pie with an egg right in the middle. How can you go wrong? If you’re trying to be healthier than I, the tuna tartar was flecked with red onion, avocado, ginger and served with Togarashi wonton chips.
If you find yourself in Midtown for brunch, I highly recommend The Ragtrader. It won’t be the bustling scene you expect from a Sunday brunch in Manhattan (yet), but maybe that’s a good thing.
70 West 36th St
Website: The Ragtrader