Brunch at Upstairs at The Kimberly (NYC)

Green Blend (celery, cucumber, parsley, apple, ginger, lime) and Red Blend (strawberry, watermelon, bell pepper, lemon)
Electrolyte - vodka based watermelon summer cooler with fresh pineapple and lemon The Chrysler -  Champagne cocktail, honey, Hennessy Black cognac and fresh lemon and lime

Despite fact the temperature is dropping a bit that one should wear a jacket or a sweater to walk around New York City, it’s still lovely enough to dine outdoors on a rooftop — like brunch at Upstairs at The Kimberly in Midtown East.

There is indoor seating option but we embraced the idea of taking in the bit of sunshine since we’re getting less of it now. Started off on a healthy note of blended juices (loaded with pulp, if you like your juices filed with fiber) Green Blend ($11), a thick, somewhat savory mixture of celery, cucumber, parsley, apple, ginger and lime and Red Blend ($14), a tart, refreshing juice of strawbery, watermelon, bell pepper and lemon.

Then came our cocktails of The Chrysler and Electrolyte ($18 each). Both are light, fresh and very easy to drink. The Electrolyte is a seasonal drink since it’s fresh muddled watermelon and watermelon vodka with a hint of lemon. The Chrysler is a Champagne based cocktail with a touch of lemon, lime and splash of Cognac.

Eggs Norwegian - lemon pepper smoked salmon, rosemary focaccia, hollandaise sauce
Kobe burger, brioche bun, red cabbage, scallion

We had egg dishes, like one expects for brunch, and had Eggs Norwegian ($18) and Hangover Remedy ($17). The Norwegian is a take on the classic eggs benedict having thin slices of smoked salmon on top of rosemary focaccia. The Hangover is a naughty take on the avocado toast by having loads of coarsely chopped crisped bacon on top and a blanket of fried egg (that still manages to be runny). Both are delicious in its own way.

The side of fries, I should mention, are pretty damn addictive to eat. Perfect delicate crispness like tempura and the potato interior is almost nonexistent that this all felt like eating an ethereal potato chip in the shape of a fry. I need to know the recipe…!

The Big Dog - brioche roll, pork sausage, sriracha mayo, carrots
Kobe burger, brioche bun, red cabbage, scallion

The other savory items we had were a very good Kobe beef burger ($18) that was fatty enough and the soft squishy broiche bun was the perfect vehible for the burger and avocado and the Big Dog roll ($18), which is a well seasoned sweet pork sausage topped with shredded red cabbage and carrots.

If you need a brunch option in Midtown East, this is a good option and certainly having the view on a clear, sunny day makes this meal a lot better.

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Upstairs at The Kimberly

145 E 50th St (between Lexington & Third Avenue)
31st Floor
New York, NY 10022
Phone: +1 (212) 888-1220


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