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Tag: Brunch

Alchemy

American fare + bar in Park slope.

What We Had

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I had the corned beef hash & eggs with hollandaise & organic mixed greens – they actually forgot the hollandaise, and that was just fine by me – it wasn’t needed. This dish was great. House made corned beef, well-seasoned potatoes, and a nice little salad. A winner.

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My DH had the grass fed angus burger with shallot confit, tomato, lettuce & fries – really nice burger with good seasoning and plenty of juice. The fries were decent, too, and he had a bit of the greens salad as well. Another hit.

Decor

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We sat in the back garden, which was very sunny but nice. The restaurant has lots of dark woods with iron accents.

Service

Decent.

Overall Impressions

Not a bad brunch at all. The coffee wasn’t great, but the food was spot on.

Rating

4 out of 5 for great food in a relaxed atmosphere.

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Olea Mediterranean Taverna

Mediterranean in Fort Green.

What We Had

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I had the Lamb Hash – Lamb shoulder slowly roasted with spices, lemon potatoes, carrots and turnips topped with a crispy olive oil fried egg, tomato jam and whipped feta. This dish was magnificent. The lamb was melt-in-your-mouth tender, and the veggies were caramelized in all that lamby goodness – a winner.

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My DH had the Spanish Poutine – Potatoes with Berkshire pork gravy, chorizo, Spanish cheese and scallions. This dish was great as well. Rich, great cheeses, and a great breakfast.

Decor

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Small but open and airy dining room loaded with old world charm. Very busy for brunch.

Service

Not bad, despite the business.

Overall Impressions

This is a neighborhood gem and a great spot for a decadent brunch.

Rating

4 to 4.5 out of 5. Some dissension in the ranks – mostly because the DH hates Mediterranean and the lamb bite he had featured the spice mix that makes him sick. No complaints otherwise.

Sheep Station

Australian pub in Gowanus

What We Had

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I had the Shearer’s Burger – lettuce, tomato, pickled beets, grilled pineapple, caramelized onion, fried egg – with salad – Omfg this was good. The meat had great seasoning, the toppings combo was really good, and the salad was nice. Zero complaints here.

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My DH had the Meat Pie with Side Salad – His was really good as well. The pie had a nice curry taste, and was a decent lunch size. He also enjoyed his salad.

Decor

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Cute Australian way station meets Brooklyn dark wood.

Service

Decent

Overall Impressions

This is a great little find – beer specials at night, a great looking menu, and relaxed brunch.

Rating

4 out of 5 for great food in a charming atmosphere.

Delicatessen

Gourmet deli in SoHo featuring items from the Mac bar next door, and a wide variety of brunch beverages.

What We Had

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I had the Brick Chicken – All natural chicken breast grilled under a brick with frisée, pine nuts, grapes, feta, and aged vinegar. The chicken was dry but well seasoned and the little salad was nice, but I wasn’t full.

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My DH had the Signature Burger – Special blend of ground beef, crisp pork belly, charred tomato and fried egg on a brioche bun lathered with warm “cheese sauce”. Really fuckin good. Tender, juicy, rich & decadent. The cheese sauce was perfect. Good fries.

Decor

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Lively current dancey music.

Open and airy decor with mirror, weathered wood and slick white.

Service

Slow bar service. our food order got messed up and the burger took forever and 3 days to come out after my chicken, but it was comped without having to ask.

Busy on a Sunday brunch day.

Overall Impressions

There were some real hits and misses.

3.5 out of 5 for a fabulous burger, and tasty but dry chicken. And, although the burger came out years after the chicken, at least they tried to make it right – can’t fault them there. The drinks were nice, that’s a plus.

Spoon

I found out about Spoon because I was a woman in need. I needed somewhere that had a great but not a bigillion dollars brunch, convenient to both Chelsea & the F train, and preferably somewhere that wouldn’t be too long a slog for either the visiting friends, or my worn out sad little legs. Enter Spoon. The online reviews raved about this place’s food but had very mixed reviews on the service. One of our party had actually heard of it before, so it was a go.

When hearing the name, my DH snorted: “Well, that’s not pretentious.” Although he was being facetious, it isn’t pretentious. The food was simple, but good. A great balance between breakfast and grease.

What We Had

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All three of us had the Eggs Espana (open faced baguette sandwich with gruyere, poached eggs, fresh grape tomato and vinaigrette pico and slab bacon with a side of field greens) on recommendation from our water pourer. He talked it (and Spoon’s house made bacon) up so much, the two of us that were very intrigued by the trout & grits were swayed.

This was a great dish, but our eggs were very inconsistent. Mine were perfect, but one of the other 2’s eggs were so over cooked they had to be sent back.

The coffee was great, and by all accounts, so was the virgin bloody mary.

Decor

No decor pic, I was too busy chatting. 🙂

It was country-ish, breakfasty and cheery. I remember really digging the wallpaper.

Service

Friendly but on the slow side. Not as dire as some of the online reviews would have you believe, but certainly not zippy.

Overall Impressions

Not a bad little brunch spot, if you happen to be in the area. Within walking distance of Washington Park, a Trader Joes, and 999999.99999 other points of interest.

Rating

3.75 for slower-than-necessary service and inconsistent egg cookery. Still a decent option for brunch if you’re in the area, just be forewarned.