SUGARCANE Raw Bar Grill
55 Water St Suite 1A, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Located just steps from some of New York City’s most Instagrammable spots, like the Washington Street view of the Manhattan Bridge and Jane’s Carousel, sits SUGARCANE Raw Bar Grill. This new spot is nestled into an old warehouse built in the 1860’s in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
SUGARCANE’s mantra is “kick back, eat well and stay awhile,” which is easy during their Sunday brunch while you’re serenaded by a small brass band in the corner, playing anything from holiday classics to current hits. There’s something about listening to a brass rendition of Childish Gambino’s “Redbone” that makes the food taste a little better.
But before the band catches your eye, you’ll likely notice when you walk into SUGARCANE that you’re surrounded by THREE kitchens. Why does one restaurant need three kitchens, you might ask? The menu boasts three vastly different styles: open fire grilling, raw bar and traditional kitchen cuisine. Each kitchen operates on its own, but the dishes mesh together as if it all came from the hands of one chef.
I started off my brunch the way I often start most things in life: with alcohol. The cocktail menu is certainly up to par with SUGARCANE's food selection. Per the waiter’s recommendation, I grabbed the Leche de Tigre, a coconut milk-based concoction with brandy, yuzu, simple syrup and a bit of cilantro sprinkled on top. It was fresh, delicious and set the tone perfectly for the meal ahead.
The first course featured a plate of warm, pillowy vanilla bean beignets with a size of hazelnut ganache.
Then I got a taste of the extensive raw bar, hako sake salmon topped with pickled cucumber. When I think of brunch, sushi definitely isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but these cubes of deliciousness gave me a change of heart. They were so good, I forgot to add soy sauce.
Next, the main event. I’d consider myself a bit of a breakfast connoisseur, I could eat it for every meal. What I loved about the menu here was that it included all of the breakfast classics but with very welcomed twists that elevated the dishes to an entirely new level.
I started off with a toad in a hole. Don't worry this isn't a literal name. A toad in a hole is a simple creation that features a sunny side up egg cooked inside a cutout piece of toast. But with the addition of melted robiola cheese, black truffles and truffle oil, I literally almost fainted when I took my first bite.
The simple steak and eggs was combined with another breakfast staple, eggs benedict, which created a yolky masterpiece topped with oxtail rather than the traditional sirloin or ham.
And finally, the duck confit and waffle topped with a sunny side up duck egg was crispy and the perfect amount of sweet, winning the award for my favorite dish of the day.
And just when I thought I couldn’t eat anymore, brunch dessert is a thing and at SUGARCANE they're doing it big. Enter this dulce de leche soaked french toast with caramelized apples and a dollop of cinnamon ice cream. My stomach was saying no, but my taste buds were telling me yes. My taste buds always win, obvioulsy.