Kirsh Bakery And Kitchen
Occupying the space where the Upper West Side staple Popover Cafe formally lived is Kirsh Bakery And Kitchen. If you’re already feeling rage about Popover Cafe closing, I feel your pain. In fact, I was hesitant to check out Kirsh Bakery And Kitchen because of my loyalty to the dearly departed. Alas, it’s my job, so upon getting the invitation, I went. And, now I know, don’t mourn too hard cause Kirsh Bakery And Kitchen is awesome! In essence, we are trading one amazing bread focused restaurant for another. So, it serves the same purpose but in an updated and uniquely exciting way.
With white rectangular tiles creating patterns along the floor, simple black painted wooden chairs with a few red ones added in for a pop of color, light wood topped tables and white walls with black accents, Israeli co-owners Dan and Anat Kirsh have transformed the space to have brasserie-like details with a minimalistic vibe. Masterfully serving up a slew of different kinds of dishes from clam pasta to chocolate drenched french toast, there is something for every mood—yes, there are bomb burger options in there, too.
If you could see me writing this right now, you would see me having to take a moment and pause as I reminisce over the amazing french toast I just mentioned. It’s like woah! It starts with the most delicious thick cut butter bread—ugh, which I’d so eat straight any day of the week—and continues to a variety of incredible toppings that Cinderella style transforms a lovely piece of bread into an—bippity boppity boo—incredibly gorgeous and delicious french toast dish. It gets even better because there are both sweet and savory french toast topping options. The lox and creme fraiche option had the jew in me kvelling. I nearly jumped over the table to get my hands on it. Honestly, this was not a mutually exclusive feeling for this one dish. Nearly every dish that hit the table cultivated this feeling in me. You’ll see. Next time your on the UWS, check it out!