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French for Brunch … Oui.

Brunch is a fabulous idea.   You get the best of choices on your menu, because its not quite breakfast and not quite lunch.  Be it the fact that you can order pancakes at 2:00 in the afternoon or have it acceptable to drink before noon… all about Brunch.  Want a notch better than that?   In Union Square, at a French restaurant called Danal (formerly a Village establishment) you can have Brunch any day of the week.  Brilliant bonus points.  It’s not just for weekends and it doesn’t disappoint.

Danal: Upstairs

Danal: Upstairs (

The restaurant is 2 levels, yet the atmosphere still manages to be warm and inviting.  The decor is eclectic in that artsy way where you can have tables and chairs not match and it works.  The service is attentive, and their menu…listed in a picture frame (see my eclectic comment above).    Lots of great things to say about this place.


Danal: Chocolate Chip Pancakes

They do their drinks right.   Coffee is served in a french press, you pour at your discretion.  They serve you tea in a pot, loose-leaf, complete with a strainer the way it was meant to be. There is none of that cup of hot water and a tea bag business that irks me about 90% of the resturaunts out there.

Danal: Poached Eggs

Danal: Poached Eggs

As for the food, they’ve got a lot of “to try” items on this menu.  This includes the poached eggs with chicken apple sausage served on an english muffin and hollandaise sauce, and the chocolate chip pancakes.  However, the takeaway recommend here: Croissant French Toast with sauteed apples, raisins, and walnuts.

Danal: Crossiant French Toast

Danal: Croissant French Toast

You read that right.  You can have french toast made out of croissants!   Honestly, eating it makes you wonder why this isn’t the norm because the texture is kind of a no brainer.  Lovely consistency – not overly doused in that egg/vanilla batter that can weigh down the traditional french toast, and sweet enough that you don’t have to pour a gallon of maple syrup on your plate.  And I’m admitting it… better than the chocolate chip pancakes.

Please note there are no reservations accepted for brunch.  Trust me though, worth the idea of a wait.


8 out of 10 stars.

59 5th Ave
(between 12th St & 13th St)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 982-6930

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