Kindred Is Now Open for Brunch in the East Village

Brunch selections. Photo courtesy Ruffian.

Pair brunch fare with natural wine at the new space from the Ruffian team, which opened in the former Eddy space at 342 East Sixth Street late last year. The dinner menu—which reached full strength this month—focuses on handmade pastas and coastal Italian flavors, and the daytime weekend menu sticks to the flavor profile while still being hearty and recognizable. There’s macaroni and cheese made with cavatelli, chickpea, and more; crispy sweetbreads and buttermilk waffles; and red lentil hash browns served with housemade crème fraîche.

On the beverage side, there is sparkling carrot water and a seasonal iced tea for zero-proof options, and a nice list of alcoholic cocktails, like the Green Snapper starring aquavit, a Bloody Mary with Calabrian chile, and a Breakfast Manhattan with pineapple amaro. Here, the cocktail offerings and bottle selections, while small, match the ingenuity and curiosity present in their wine selections, which focus on Slovenia, Croatia, and lesser-known grapes from Italy.

The cozy, welcoming vibe of the counter-seating-only Ruffian is on full display here in the larger space, along with the wisdom and taste of its beverage directors. In a world where natural wine is being discussed as an almost boring prospect, they continue to provide shocks to the palate.

Here are the highlights from the weekend menu, below:

Breakfast Gnocco Fritto | Sunny Up Eggs  | Black Pudding

Brandade Benedict | Poached Eggs | Sourdough Toast | Trout Roe

Italian Brunch Torte | Baked Eggs | Butternut Squash | Feta | Sage | Puff Pastry

Red Lentil Hashbrowns  | Housemade Crème Fraîche | Chives

Adult Mac  & Cheese | Cavatelli |  Chickpea | Romano | Espelette

Corzetti| Nduja Sausage | Ricotta | Winter Rabe

Chicken Fried Sweetbreads & Buttermilk Waffles | Spicy Honey Butter | Maple Syrup


Fresh Juice

Orange or Grapefruit

Coconut Water

Cardamom | Salt

Seasonal Iced Tea

Rooibos |  Toasted Coconut

Sparkling Carrot Water

Star Anise | Black Walnut

Fever-Tree Lemon Tonic Water

Bloody Mary

Spicy Radish Vodka | Tomato | Anchovy | Calabrian Chili | Lemon

Green Snapper

Aquavit | Celery | Fennel | Cucumber | Caraway | Salt

Thyme to Wake Up Mimosa

Pineapple-Thyme Shrub | Prosecco

Breakfast Manhattan

Bourbon |  Pineapple Amaro |  Almond | Rooibos | Coffee | Salt