One of my absolute favorite things about living in NY was Sunday Brunch. I loved how in NY, it was like...a thing. I so looked forward to Brunch - from the cozy little nooks such as Tartine in the West Village to the hip places like Balthazar to the underrated places like Zoe (loved their bread basket) to the ridiculously long waits at Good Enough to Eat (but totally worth it for the thick-cut bacon!) to the institutions such as Sarabeth's...I can't recall ever having a bad brunch experience. Because brunch is more than just a meal to obtain sustenance. It's an event. It's what you plan your entire Sunday around: where, when and with whom to have brunch. And you don't just eat. You shoot the shit. While away the hours over mimosas and bloody marys and multiple cups of coffee. Sunday brunch is one of the things I miss most about NY.
But it turns out you can have a New York [style] Sunday Brunch in Tokyo! Down a small street halfway between Omotesando and Shibuya, Beacon offers up a New York-style Sunday brunch. The crowd is so international, the decor is so hip but understated East Coast and the food is so wonderfully authentically American that for a few hours, you can pretend you're back in Manhattan eating, nay doing, Sunday brunch.
BLT + A (Bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado sandwich on toasted whole wheat with delicious french fries)
Huevos rancheros with green rice and hot link sausage - the brunch dishes are accompanied by your choice of croissant, muffin or toast, a tiny plate of fruit and coffee
Food rating: ****
Bang for buck rating: 3.5
Location: Between Omotesando and Shibuya stations
Average price of meal for two (brunch): 5500 yen (~$60)