Is there anything more relaxing than an abundant boozy brunch? Suddenly that boring old work week seems to melt away. While restaurants offering brunch are plentiful, not all are “eggceptional.” If you have free time this weekend, grab a friend and have a leisurely afternoon.
Delilah (155 Rivington Street) For $35 enjoy unlimited mimosas and Bloody Mary’s with your brunch at Delilah. The scrambled eggs with chorizo or the spicy lamb sliders are great choices. As a bonus, if you like sleeping in, the menu is served until 5:30 p.m. This Mediterranean newcomer packs tons of creative flavors in their menu and beverages. Renowned mixologist Rael Petit curated a complex but fun cocktail program. When they take the time to stew tequila with carrot root and tumeric, you know you are in for a treat. The back lounge is splendid for private parties and houses a DJ on weekends. The menu is mostly tapas and perfect for sharing.
Calle Ocho (45 West 81st Street) Complimentary sangria will certainly make your weekend bright! Not only does Calle Ocho serve up fresh and delicious Mexican favorites but also liberally pours house made sangria to guests (maximum of 2 hours). Try the Latin Benedict ($22) with homemade pork and duck sausage or Arepa con Salmon ($23) with scrambled eggs and lemon caper cream. Ocho is a must for large groups with its uber festive atmosphere and large dining room. I like to visit the bar area after work for the ceviche sampler ($45) that includes four top notch creations like ahi tuna with coconut lime mojo and poached lobster with passion fruit Thai chili. It’s among the best I’ve tasted.
Zucchero e Pomodori (1435 Second Avenue) This cute Italian trattoria boasts affordable brunches starting at just $10 for omelettes and salmon eggs benedict. Add $18 for two hours of bottomless mimosas, bellinis, Bloody Marys and screwdrivers. You can choose to stick with egg standards or select from dozens of paninis and pasta dishes for a card load. Try the spicy sausage with fusilli ($14) or the grilled veggie panini ($11). If you save room, order a tiramisu for your mimosa. The pasta dishes are definitely the better bang for your buck although all the food is very tasty. Make a reservations since this neighborhood gem gets a rabid following.