Brunch is a favorite pastime in NYC. It’s an opportunity to while away the afternoon with some of your most fun friends. Legacy Records delivers an unusual assortment of dishes to choose from in a tranquil setting—with room to breathe.
WHO TO TAKE: A BUNCH OF FRIENDS YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IN A WHILE AND SIT AT THE LONG TABLE OR A DATE
Finally—something amazing to visit near the Javits Center. Legacy Records, and accompanying cocktail bar Ada’s Place is such a welcome addition to the NOW hottest area in the city, due to the rise of Hudson Yards nearby. The space provides a lovely respite for the mostly industrial surrounding streets with its super high ceilings and loads of natural light streaming through their tall windows. The owners are the people behind Charlie Bird and Pasquale Jones, so if you’ve eaten at either of those two spots, you know the drill.
It was such a relief to sit down after attending the Vision Show, and we were ready to eat. Here you can eat well, with their beautifully styled dishes made with stellar ingredients. Cocktails and wine were nice, too. We lingered and drank wine late into the afternoon and left sated. See the details below…
(photo at the top of this post) I love the design of this area in bright green, which provided almost a private dining area within the space. Right, the Hamachi Crudo, with young ginger, lime, cilantro. The sauce was wonderfully citrus-y and the crunchy noodles on top made the dish.
Booths are ample and cozy. Right, the Legacy Spritz is made with seasonal fruit, in this case passion fruit, Aperol and prosecco.
A sweet floral arrangement graced the table. Right, outside the window, what would have been a blank wall, was painted in shades of green and studded with evergreens. They turned an otherwise grim view into something with appeal and presence.
My friend who loves truffles ordered the Soft Scrambled Eggs, which arrived topped with chanterelles and black truffles. She’s not a meat eater, so I benefited with a side of guanciale that was supposed the come with it and enjoyed it with my crudo. It came as paper-thin super-salty strips of bacon which melted on the tongue. Right, the bar in the front entrance looks like a great spot for a quick foodie pitstop for singles or couples.
A salad of Chicories came with charcoal-roasted Japanese yams in a buttermilk dressing, topped with cheese, for the healthy eaters out there. Right, another view of the booths and art.
Legacy Records, 517 W 38th St (betw 10th/11th Aves)