There is never a shortage of brunch places in the city, but good brunch spots are a hot commodity and that’s where Hole in the Wall in Murray Hill comes in.
The restaurant is all glass and high ceilings, but keeps you cool while giving the impression of being sunny inside. The greenery on the walls also helps to deceive you that you’re outside while being inside. There is also minimal outdoor seating should it be cool enough. The staff is impossibly good looking, making you feel like you just took a flight to Australia.
Brunch beverages are a must and we started with a mimosa with fresh orange juice and a spritz with Limoncello and raspberries. The fresh juice really makes all the difference and was a refreshing way to start the meal.
We chose a few dishes to split and that’s the way to go as you’re going to want to eat everything. The Fried Polenta & Shrooms was very tasty, but should be eaten as a starter as the portion is on the smaller side. We loved the flavors in the Pastrami Salmon with the tomato emulsion and roasted scallion cream cheese, but save the bread intake for the avocado toast. There are no substitutions, but you don’t need to eat the bagel.
The star of the show is the Avocado Toast. Yes, it sounds basic, but because all the ingredients are so fresh, this is what you’ll want to eat on a hot summer day. The combination of truffled feta, crunch of the roasted pepitas, fresher than fresh heirloom tomatoes, micro herbs, balsamic glaze drizzle and acid from the lime were a match made in heaven. We couldn’t get enough of it.
Instead of dessert we went back for more alcohol and opted for an espresso martini, one of the better ones we’ve had in the city, and the Montauk, a mixture of Moet, vodka and fruit, which tasted like Montauk to us!
If you’re in Murray Hill, this is worth walking all the way east for it, or you can take the ferry there and it’s right across the street! We’ll catch you there!
– Stephanie Carino
Hole in the Wall Murray Hill
445 E 35th Street
New York, NY 10016
Photos by Socially Superlative