NYC Sunday Brunch: The Standard Grill

Although it currently feels like Spring in New York, Christmastime is in the air!; bells, fir trees, red, green, tourists,  presents, ribbons, gingerbread, candy canes. We had a terrific Sunday morning last weekend, and I highly recommend recreating it for some family fun.


Anything with these two is fun and festive....except when they are poking each other, in each other's faces, whining, complaining, crying, and hitting. #TheJoy

Anything with these two is fun and festive….except when they are poking each other’s faces, whining, complaining, crying, and hitting. #TheJoy

The Standard Grill in the Meatpacking district opens up at 7 am, so early birds like us can eat before the masses arrive. The food is mainstream but delicious. But the best parts of the restaurant are: (1) parking is easy on Sunday morning, similar to the old Pastis (old blog post link) and (2) it is right next to a skating rink (which opens up at 9 am) for some post meal exercise and giggles.



Christmas! And no one at the restaurant yet! #NatorisForTheWin

Breakfast: meal of champions.

Breakfast: meal of champions.

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As you can see, I really like to dress up and look presentable at brunch.

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Pine cones: holiday prop or weapon for kids.

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A rare photo of me and the kids. And of course, it isn’t good, but I am including it because it EXISTS.

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Pancakes. Heavenly lemony light and fluffy.

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Runny scrambled eggs with gruyere and herbs on toast with greens. Perfection.

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Eggs Benedict (obvi Ken’s)

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Lots of space to park!!!!

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Hot Cocoa!

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The Rink at the Standard ticket booth.

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Penguins, an aid to help kids learn how to skate.

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Alone on the ice! Not the same view as Wollman rink, but intimate and cute.

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My two boyz.

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The audience.

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The girlz.


I love the holidays, especially with fun field trips with the family. Any suggestions on where we should go this Sunday? Happy weekend!

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl

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  1. I’ve been wanting to try this place for a while now! Love that it’s right next to a ice skating rink. Looks like you and your family had a great time!

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