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Anything new and exciting on the EV/LES brunch scene?

howdini Jul 28, 2013 08:35 AM

So many good old standbys [Prune, Back 40, Mogador, Shopsin's, Empellon Cocina, Hecho en Dumbo, Maharlika, Clinton St. Baking]; looking for new and interesting blood...non-traditional is fine, as long as the deliciousness is brought.

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    kathryn RE: howdini Jul 28, 2013 08:45 AM





    Hearth started brunch service recently.


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      howdini RE: kathryn Jul 28, 2013 08:57 AM

      Oh, thank you! l've eaten at Calliope a few times; some of their stuff is very good, but on a couple of occasions they've served me cold, inedible potato rosti, so l took them off my list.

      Hearth sounds perfect; thanks again!

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      Missmarymm RE: howdini Jul 28, 2013 03:23 PM

      I enjoyed Saro on Norfolk st on les yesterday. Portions not big but very tasty.

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        howdini RE: Missmarymm Jul 28, 2013 04:13 PM

        Slovak food, eh? Looks interesting, thanks!

      2. howdini RE: howdini Jul 28, 2013 04:20 PM

        Wound up at Hearth; sat at the bar, ordered the trotters and eggs: delicious, very filling peasant food. Seemed like a simple preparation: tomato-based sauce with lots of rosemary, deep flavor. Fatty, unctuous pieces of pork mixed in with lean, in about equal amounts. Really satisfying. Surprise bonus: a free, very nicely spicy bloody mary, as the [very pleasant] bartender mistakenly made an extra one. Too bad l had to go to work right after that! l'll definitely be back.

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          silencespeak RE: howdini Jul 29, 2013 11:20 AM

          I had several great brunches at Hearth.

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            rottyguy RE: howdini Jul 29, 2013 11:39 AM

            Really like Boulton Watts on A & Houston (it's a few months new).

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              howdini RE: rottyguy Jul 29, 2013 12:12 PM

              Thanks, l've been wondering about them; didn't even realize they served food until now! Burgers any good? ;^)

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                howdini RE: rottyguy Jul 29, 2013 12:16 PM

                Just checked out the brunch menu: looks great!

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                  rottyguy RE: howdini Jul 29, 2013 02:33 PM

                  Everything I had has been good. They have a table in the back with a TV and your own metered tap!

              2. sgordon RE: howdini Jul 30, 2013 01:24 PM

                They're not new, but the duck hash with duck eggs at JoeDoe is great, worth checking out if you've never been there for brunch.

                Also, while it's not the EV/LES, it's a very short walk to Nolita where Public serves one of the best brunch menus in town.

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                  howdini RE: sgordon Jul 30, 2013 02:01 PM

                  Public sounds good, thanks.

                  l've had brunch at joedoe a couple of times, and was so frustrated by the disparity between the good food and the weird, unhelpful service, that l composed this amusing rant:


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                    sgordon RE: howdini Jul 30, 2013 05:31 PM

                    Wow, weird. I've been there a number of times since they've opened - for brunch and dinner - and never encountered anything like that. Never had to wait to order, and we've been there when it's been nearly elbows-touching jammed. Just the (bad) luck of the draw, I guess. Was it the same server both times?

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                      howdini RE: sgordon Jul 30, 2013 05:53 PM

                      Yeah, weird is right, and pretty off-putting. At this point l can't remember if it was the same server on both occasions, but the second time l have a feeling [and l could very easily be wrong] it might've been one of the owners? Two of the same strikes is out for me, tho.

                      l can state pretty confidently that we didn't say or do anything to provoke any kind of negative response [with the exception of when l asked what they were out of: l was kind of short with him at that point], as we're both genuinely easygoing; l work in a service-related job, have worked in service, and always treat servers well. Whatever! Plenty of brunch in the sea.

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