Branch Line Does Not Disappoint!

A recent visit to the East End’s Arsenal Project for post-holiday shopping was the perfect excuse to treat ourselves to lunch at a place everyone’s talking about – Andrew Holden’s sleek new brasserie, Branch Line.  With no reservation, we decided to head there right as the doors opened (lunch runs 11:30 – 2:00 PM) and had no problem snagging a table alongside soaring windows that filled the room with warm natural light, making us almost forget why we were covered in winter layers in the first place.

Our waitress was friendly and relaxed, handling menu questions easily and deftly – impressive given they’d only started serving lunch the week before. We quickly ordered a few of what Branch Line calls “Smalls” to munch on while we dove into the menu – a plate of Salted Avocado (ridiculously good) and Lu’s Cukes, paper-thin cucumber slices bathed in broken cream and fresh mint.

Once we ordered our lunch selections the place filled up quickly; but thanks to the high ceilings and great acoustics, the noise level stayed convivial and pleasant, with a cool music mix in the background that never overpowered our conversation. Entrees arrived promptly and were delectable all around: the Lemon Chicken Soup featured a tangy, rich broth, with lots of tender meat, aromatic veggies, and salty olives. The Chopped Salad was the perfect mix of shredded chicken, fresh avocado, local greens, and BL’s take on ranch dressing, which was light and delicious.

We’ll definitely be back to check out the dinner scene, including Holden’s signature draft selection that features selections from local faves Jack’s Abby and Night Shift.

Parking is free in the garage across the street, and there’s even complimentary valet service! So no excuses – get yourself over to Branch Line, stat. Info on menu, location, and reservations is here on their website