Found another NoHo gem! Great Jones Café, located on Great Jones St between Lafayette and Bowery, is casual and cozy and serves comfort food that rivals NoHo favorite, Peels, just around the corner. Unlike other NoHo restaurants that have 30 minute plus waiting times for brunch, Great Jones is low key and your wait time will only be minutes, if any! Comfort food typically doesn’t mix well with the #nobread diet, but plenty of this little menu is or can be done gluten free, and with larger than life portions, Great Jones is the perfect restaurant after a long night out…
The brunch menu is small and consists of 8 options with one or two specials posted on the wall. The farmers market and andouille omelette are both nobread approved and the perfect meal to satisfy your egg craving. All of the brunch dishes come with a choice of cornbread or biscuit, AND homefries or grits. The homefries are the only gluten free option, so if you’re extra hungry like I was, double up! The most popular dish at Great Jones is the eggs jambalaya… I often assume anything I can’t pronounce must contain gluten, and I assumed that would be the case with this dish; however, I was wrong. This dish IS gluten free and delicious (thankfully my friend ordered it and I was able to indulge). The huevos rancheros are also gluten free and served on a corn tortilla- perfect.
Hearty portions, southern spices, and great location; all features that guarantee I will be back. Although Great Jones is best known for breakfast & brunch, I hope to come here for dinner soon. Roast chicken, garlic shrimp, and other classic, naturally gluten free southern dishes fill the menu and are accompanied by large servings of sweet potato or regular fries. Careful…these fries are subject to cross contamination in the fryer… but I have a feeling they might be worth it.