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Forager's table

Forager's table

Riding the coat tails of last week's farm-to-table theme...I found a new brunch spot I'm pretty thrilled to share with y'all.   

Nestled in the heart of Chelsea, Forager's Table sits on the corner of 22nd and 8th. The front entrance ushers you into a small market chock-full of locally grown produce from a farm in Canaan, New York. Make your way back past the curtains to enter their bright sun-filled oasis of a restaurant.

Forager's space feels cozy and serene - the type of place you can sit down and let a steaming cup of coffee slowly lull you into full consciousness after a long night out. And if your evening has left you in need of a quick infusion of...well, anything which appears overtly healthy, they have a great list of fresh juices as well.  

The food here isn't overly complicated and most of the menu items are well-established brunch classics. But the fresh simplicity of the ingredients, deft preparation & graceful plating all contribute to a beautiful brunch experience.

Definitely try the merguez and shakshuka if you go. The two dishes actually utilize somewhat similar flavor palates - but where the merguez has a bite of spice to recall its mediterranean origins, the shakshuka's tomato-based sauce rounds out on a sweeter note.

If you're like me and you have an unhealthy (or simply excessive) addiction to yogurt & granola - theirs is excellent with a shockingly good ratio of yogurt to granola (+ honey). 

I didn't get a chance to try out the sweeter side of the menu, but I feel relatively conformtable in preemptively offering my endorsement of them.  

If you're interested in the farm-to-table movement and you like brunch (a given) then Forager's is worth a visit. And best of all - you can get a reservation here! Side note: also a great spot for parental brunches if any of you have family visiting. 

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