By Dane Feldman
Photos by Dane Feldman.
Deluxe is located on Broadway between 112th and 113th on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. This restaurant is something of a mainstay in the area and is perfect for a low key weekend brunch.
Deluxe is more of a diner than it is anything else. It’s open until midnight or later every night of the week and offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch. I was hoping for a slightly less expensive brunch option last weekend and after scouring the internet for what seemed like the better part of an hour, I narrowed it down to Deluxe and a few other locations.
The selling point? Deluxe offers some of the cheapest eggs benedict around. Of course, I like to be adventurous and try new items every now and again (Deluxe also offers a delicious croissant sandwich with Vermont cheddar and chive scrambled eggs, sliced ham, and a side of home fries), but this time around I stuck with my go to. Deluxe does eggs benedict about as well as anybody else, but next time I’ll try the Norwegian poached eggs with smoked salmon and chive cream sauce served on top of a potato cake.
The other big selling point for patronizing Deluxe during brunch hours (8 am to 3:45 pm) is the fact that the mimosas and bloody marys are at least a dollar less expensive than anywhere else in the neighborhood.
The restaurant also offers fresh squeezed juice, regular juice, coffee, tea, specialty coffees, and soft drinks.
Deluxe has an old school diner feel to it, but with a cozy flair of a neighborhood bar. The walls are lined with old sports memorabilia, vintage bottles, and university pennants, but the seating is pure diner: metal and red booths and stools.
The wait staff is quite friendly and attentive. Despite the fact that the restaurant is busy on weekends, patrons will likely never feel rushed out. This place is the perfect compromise between just wanting some easy breakfast and still wanting brunch at the same time.