Ruby’s

Quinoa Bowl with Broccolini, Cauliflower, Green Beans, Avocado, Sunflower Seeds, a Soft Egg, and Feta - Ruby's
Quinoa Bowl with Broccolini, Cauliflower, Green Beans, Avocado, Sunflower Seeds, a Soft Egg, and Feta

Ruby’s is a great neighborhood joint that’s been around for well over a decade. They started with one location in Soho and opened a second more recently in Murray Hill. They don’t take reservations and because the place is small (particularly the Soho location) you will wait a long time if you go during peak times. Brunch seems to be the most popular and you’ll be waiting a minimum of 30 minutes unless it happens to be a fluke day. We were a table of 5 and waited about 40 minutes, but the nice thing is that you can leave and do whatever you want (walk around, sit at a park, etc.) and they’ll call you when the table is ready.

What I love about this place is that it’s Australian owned and operated. Australians have their own unique style and have a very intense focus on good coffee and good breakfast foods, so it’s really the perfect breakfast/brunch spot. While they also serve sandwiches, burgers, and pasta for brunch, a big draw is their “Brekkie”, served until 1 pm on weekdays and 4 pm on weekends.

Whaleys Burger with Tomato, Lettuce, Beet, Pineapple, Fried Egg & Ketchup - Ruby's
Whaleys Burger with Tomato, Lettuce, Beet, Pineapple, Fried Egg & Ketchup

Because they are Australian, they serve vegemite toast, which I was so excited to see. It’s not something I generally love or crave, but I mean where on earth can you get vegemite toast in NYC? It’s so hard to find, so I couldn’t resist trying that. You have a choice of ciabatta or eight grain bread. I chose the eight grain and I got two large toasted pieces of it. They bring the vegemite in the tub, so you can put as much of it as you want. And there’s also a side of butter. Delicious. The quality of the bread was great and, well, vegemite is vegemite!

We also tried the Whaleys Burger and the Quinoa Bowl.

Creamy Chicken Rigatoni with Sun Dried Tomato & Cream - Ruby's
Creamy Chicken Rigatoni with Sun Dried Tomato & Cream

Whaleys Burger – ground beef burger, tomato, lettuce, beet, pineapple, fried egg & ketchup. What a seemingly weird combo, but boy did it work oddly well! Served on toasted bread rather than a bun. No sides. I’d recommend the burger for sure. It’s an interesting, unique take on it.

Quinoa Bowl – there are so many quinoa bowls around and they can be hit or miss. This one is a huge hit. Surprisingly good. It came with broccolini, cauliflower, green beans, avocado, sunflower seeds, a soft egg, and feta. There was a pickled taste to some of the veggies, but very lightly so and it added nice depth and flavor. The dressing was mild, and the dish was light and tasty. I would highly recommend it if you want something that isn’t heavy.

In true Australian form, the coffee was great.

Because it was jam packed, the service was a bit spottier, but all the servers were nice, just quite busy. It’s also incredibly loud because of both the talking noise and the music, so it’s not really a place you’d want to go to have a serious, in depth conversation. But it’s certainly bustling, casual (benches, so be aware that not all seats have backs), and has good food, so I’d recommend it for a quick stop with friends.

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