Very Good Brunch at Upland (NYC)


Recently, we had a very good brunch Upland. This place would appeal to everyone from the carnivore to the salad lovers; a meal with the parents to coworkers; power lunches to having brunch with friends. The atmosphere is spacious, inviting in its casual-chic way, and the back wall of shelves filled with what looks like large jars of preserved lemons that give a golden glow is pretty striking.

The food is by Justin Smillie, the former chef of Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria that brought national attention, does not disappoint. It is fresh, vegetable-forward, and packed with packed with intense flavors.

Burrata, mojama, artichoke hearts, sunflower seeds, arbequina olive oil

We started out with the burrata ($19). Our version was topped with shavings of salty, umami packed mojama, tangy artichoke hearts, sunflower seeds, Arbequina olive oil. When you have a bite of each ingredient, the creamy, neutral burrata is a wonderful vehicle of flavors.

sausage + kale pizza, young pecorino, stracciatella and parmigiano

My friend had the oblong sausage and kale pizza ($19) topped with young pecorino cheese, stracciatella and Parmigiano. I know you’re thinking by now, “Another kale dish?” But going beyond the fact it is a trendy vegetable, it does give the creamy pizza a certain kind of bitterness that give the pizza some character. The trio of cheeses acted as a sparse, creamy, slightly funky sauce to the not too thin, nicely charred pizza crust.

Roasted porchetta + egg sandwich, guindilla chillies, farm egg + arugula
Roasted porchetta + egg sandwich

I opted for the porchetta and egg sandwich ($18) since I love my roast pork. The toasted ciabatta roll was probably a bit too thick for my liking and wish I had a few more slices of that delectable pork roasted in herbs but it was a great sandwich. The pickled guindilla chillies gave it a vinegary twang to the sandwich and the slightly runny egg added a layer of lusciousness.

Overall, it’s a great place to eat out and make the trip down to Park Avenue South. Service is good and pretty attentive.

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345 Park Ave South
New York, NY 10010
Phone: (212) 686-1006


I shoot, eat, and drink. My full time job is a hospital administrator. Moonlighting as a freelance photographer and food and travel writer.