If you've ever passed Little Owl in the West Village, you might have noticed hoards of crowds out front. That's because this restaurant is located in the "Friends Building," the apartment building used as the exterior shot in the sitcom Friends.
But Central Perk this is not.
You'll be pleased to know that despite the crowds outside, it's not that hard to get a table here—even easier if you make a reservation. If you book at least a few days in advance, you can probably get any time slot you want.
Personally, I've been wanting to come here for brunch for a long, long time. There was one standout item on the menu that particularly caught my eye: chilaquiles, my favorite brunch dish.
At first blush, chilaquiles seems to stand out on the menu like a sore thumb alongside the other "traditional" brunch options. Either chilaquiles is becoming more standard, which I'd argue is more the case in California than New York, or the chef/owners here like it and know others might, too. Either way, I'm grateful it is on the menu because it is actually not that easy to find on brunch menus in Manhattan or Brooklyn, and the chilaquiles here definitely satisfied a craving.
There are plenty of other options here, too, and we definitely got a few sides—notably the fries, which yes, you should get. I might have gulped down the Ca’ Furlan ‘Cuvee Beatrice’ Veneto Italy NV Prosecco a little too fast, but the rosé sangria, among other brunch cocktails, was a pleasant choice on a very humid afternoon.
Then there were the beignets for dessert. These are not beignets in either the New Orleans sense (a.k.a. the best sense) or like American donut holes. These were truly French-style donuts as they were very cake-like, to the point where they were very dry if you didn't scrape the nutella off the plate. But finishing off the nutella is never an issue, so problem solved.