Now Serving Brunch: New York Grilled Cheese in Boca Raton – The SoFla Sage

Brunch at a grilled cheese joint? You’re probably wondering how this would go down besides putting eggs in a grilled cheese. But owner of New York Grilled Cheese (NYGC) Leor Barak has a method to this madness! He was actually inspired during hurricane Irma when he, like many other Floridians, fled the state to head north. He brunched his way through New Orleans and Pensacola and came back with a motivation to serve up something new! Get ready for lots of luscious shrimp!

New York Grilled cheese Boca Raton - Brunch



City Shrimp + Grits

Cajun-spiced shrimp paired with the creamiest garlic cheese grits, topped with crumbled bacon and a sprinklin’ of chives om a warm Cajun-cream gravy bath.

I’m not big on Cajun food, but this was really yummy! The Cajun flavor wasn’t overpowering.


Flatiron Piggy Grits

Tender BBQ pulled pork, garlic cheese grits, shredded cheddar, and shrimp with a chorizo sausage gravy plus a hard-cooked egg to top it off.

Another great take on shrimp + grits! This one definitely tips more toward the breakfast side of brunch with the egg and pork components.


Uptown Chicken & Eggs Melt

A protein-packed melt between two waffled country loaf slices. Inside you’ll find crunchy fried chicken bits and 2 hard-cooked eggs smothered in mozzarella and cheddar cheeses with crispy bacon and a drizzle of creamy garlic aioli. Comes with a side of grits.

Nom, this is for the folks who love a hearty sandwich.


Cajun Shrimp FryDay

Shrimp and waffle fries tossed in a blend of Cajun spices, loungin’ under shredded cheddar cheese, a glistening of our garlic sweet chili glaze & a delicate sprinkling of chives.

Yes, that’s right, shrimp fries!


Brighton Beach Balls

Fried Cavatappi mac and cheese balls served alongside garlic aioli and sweet chili aioli.

These were a bit too oily for me, I think I’ll stick to traditional mac and cheese!


The Uptown Chicken & Waffles 

Crispy-fried chicken tenders, in a sweet ‘n’ salty sriracha maple glaze & a dusting of powdered sugar are served up in between battered Belgian waffle slices with a secret ingredient – cheddar cheese.

Because it wouldn’t be brunch without chicken and waffles! This dish and the shrimp + grits were my favorites.

Now, you can eat NYGC for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, AND as a late night snack (the Boca Raton location is open 7 am – 2 am on Friday & Saturday).

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary tasting at NYGC. All opinions are my own. 

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