Review: Pounds & Ounces

I’ve been chanting the following three phrases like a poem for the past few weeks: red velvet pancakes, peanut butter waffles, nuttella french toast. red velvet pancakes, peanut butter waffles, nuttella french toast. 

What do these absolutely magical sounding words have to do with each other? They’re all served for brunch at Pounds & Ounces in Chelsea. I had a friend visiting for the weekend and instead of going for a place I knew, I couldn’t resist- we made our way to 8th ave last Saturday. They open at noon, and we were one of the first ones in the (very art deco looking) place.

We ordered the Red Velvet Pancakes and Peanut Butter Waffles to split in half, with a side of bacon for  her and a coffee for me. Even the coffee was great. The pancakes weren’t overwhelmingly sweet- but I also didn’t try to eat a whole order- and the waffle was crispy, just the way I like them.

Just try to stop thinking about Pounds & Ounces now.  red velvet pancakes, peanut butter waffles, nuttella french toast….


Breakfast Rules



I was reading the editor’s note for the July issue of Travel + Leisure, and they were discussing the differences between restaurants in Slovenia and NYC (stick with me on this). She said Slovenia was a “place where you will not find cell phones arrayed on restaurant table ‘like interactive bread plates’- a reality of dining in New York. ” Such a nice turn of phrase to describe a constant problem.


One of my friends told me the other day that he and his roommate do “phone free breakfast.” They turn off both of their phones for about 2 hours, or however long breakfast takes. This sounds wonderful to me- I’m tired of everyone checking their phones every couple of seconds, not enjoying what they’re doing as they text/tweet/instagram/etc. I’m guilty of it too- but I’m ready to stop documenting the moment and just be in the moment. Can you imagine ever turning your phone off for a meal, or asking your friends to?

Would you do it?

 Image found on bkfst, originally from Hungry Ghost Food + Travel.

Brunch With Us

I got an email yesterday from Daily Candy about Brunch With Us– sponsored content for Kahlua but created by Thrillist and Daily Candy. Brunch With Us basically works as a handy brunch recommendation tool.

I was a bit wary at first, since you can select by gender (email copy says “Girl’s stomach growls for dainty bites, ambience, and dressing on the side. Boy craves piles of friends eats fast.” Um..) but I played around with it and it gave me a lot of different recommendations based off neighborhood and scene. It even gives post-brunch plans geared towards each spot.

It has suggestions for San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. I think I might give it a try in a few weekends- in a city like New York, it never hurts to have a little help narrowing down your options.