One of the best ways to experience a 3-star New York Times restaurant at a fraction of the cost, is to go for lunch or in this case for brunch. The Dovetail brunch is very dessert heavy. It includes a basket of fresh baked bread items; canapes, which include a yogurt parfait and a duck meatball amuse; a main course and a mini-dessert sampler. I should note some of the unique and heavy-duty savory brunch items such as short rib lasagna (!) and sirloin eggs.
It’s interesting that Dovetail has such a dessert-heavy brunch. I have long been aware how how great their desserts are but I didn’t know their customer base felt the same as me until I saw the 4-dessert sampler and additional bread pudding pre-dessert. By the way, who ever heard of a pre-dessert for 3 course brunch?
My guest and I both thought the bread pudding, which came as the “pre-dessert” was the best offering. It was more like like a perfect, syrup-soaked piece of french toast. I also really liked the devil’s food cake which packed a strong chocolate flavor but was not too heavy. The apple crisp, which has been part of this brunch for a while is also very good. The apple crisp is excellent, it’s very fresh and not too sweet. The cheesecake, like the devil’s food, is a one-bite dessert that has a lot of house-made components, such as the flaky cookie base and a blob of jelly. The final dessert-bite was a brownie with whipped cream.
Recommended: Bread Pudding, also sometimes available as a “pain purdu”.
Dovetail is located at 103 West 77th Street.