I'm psyched to share one of my new favorite restaurants in Harlem. There is no shortage of newcomers on Restaurant Row, but it may be easy to overlook B2, tucked away on W 119th, between St. Nicholas Ave and Frederick Douglas Blvd. On the surface, B2 resembles a polished shabby chic restaurant with elegant efforts -- I see you, napkin towers -- but look beyond that and you'll find a smart and deliberate establishment run by fierce women.
periodic table of cocktails and brunch menu (above)
rear interior of the restaurant (left)
To brunch and beyond...
For our meal, we sampled what our wafter confirmed as the best on the menu: matcha green tea waffles with ginger butter, pork belly hash, mac and cheese, chicken apple sausage, chive cheddar biscuits, and an assortment of gelato and sorbet. Oh, and bottomless mimosas.
"You guys know how to brunch," the waiter says with a solid nod to us.
I'm a tad bias, so I would say the matcha waffle was my favorite -- albeit, I didn't know what to expect. The waffle itself was tender, with a faintly crisped edges. The texture was thicker than the waffles I usually like to eat, but after a few bites I was in love with the silkiness.
A close second would definitely be the mac and cheese. It definitely won my friend over on appearances alone, since she's a stickler for traditional elbow macaroni. She ordered the pork belly hash and from the teeny tiny piece she sacrificed, it was delicious.
macaroni and cheese
pork belly hash with an egg over hard
matcha green tea waffle with ginger butter
You know when food is good when you're eating in silence, every bite taken with intent. Let me tell you, I can't believe we ran through the table of food like we did and still wanted two rounds of dessert.
Unfortunately, the restaurant closes for an hour after brunch. I'm sure we could've easily stayed for dinner.
271 W 119th St, New York, NY 10026