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Upper West Side: Community Food and Juice Means You Don’t Have to Go Downtown for Brunch Any More

Every time I pass Community Food and Juice, the new Morningside Heights outpost by the folks who brought you the Clinton Street Baking Company on the Lower East Side, there’s a long line outside. Maybe that’s because Columbia students are sick of all the old standbys. Or, may that’s because the food is good.

I’m happy to report that the reason for the wait (ours was 40 minutes on a Sunday morning) is that there’s finally a place worth cooling your heels for when it comes to brunch north of 96th Street.

We ordered blueberry pancakes. The server said they are the most popular item on the menu and it’s easy to understand why. Filled with not quite enough blueberries, they were nevertheless delectably rich and light. Also outstanding was the wholewheat biscuit. Who would have thought that a biscuit made with hearty whole wheat flour could be so flaky and delicious? NYC Food Guy raves about the French toast, which when we snuck a peek at our neighbors plate, was a stacked high with golden slabs topped with pecans.

The only disappointment was my omelet, prepared with cheddar cheese and mushrooms. Its texture was as rubbery as a bath mat.

The Bloody Marys were first rate but the seating was spectacularly uncomfortable-at least at the bar where we attempted to get comfy on backbreaking stools.

As befits the place’s haute barnyard theme, everything is organic, free range, etc., etc. The room is bright and light. And just in case you you’ve managed to miss the rural ambiance, the restrooms are enclosed in ersatz barn doors.

Community Food and Juice
2893 Broadway
New York, NY
212 665 2800

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