Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Cornelia Street Cafe--Brunch in the Big City

Our day of New York City feasting started at Cornelia Street Cafe, and if the beginning is any indication of the rest of the day, then we were in very good shape. We dined with friends at this french bistro side street find (quite confusingly located in the West Village). It was surprisingly uncrowded for the Saturday morning brunch, but there was no shortage of busy activity behind the bar as waiters served up fresh mimosas and bloody marys. We chose to sit inside, even though the pleasant and sunny side walk seating seemed appealing.

Egg Balancing Act
The service was quick and unintrusive, which was fine by us. The eggs florentine ($10) were a perfect consistency—balanced on top of cooked spinach and buttery English muffins, drizzled with a light and flavorful hollandaise sauce. The french toast ($10) was scrumptious and adorned with fresh strawberries, apples and oranges. The omlette of day ($10)—filled with cheddar cheese, onions, red peppers, mushrooms and zucchini-- was good despite it tasting like the cooks used eggbeater instead of real eggs—therefore it is highly recommended that you order it only with egg whites. We were only disappointed with the measly portion of rosemary roasted potatoes, but alas that is supposedly what you get in NYC.

Egg whites are certainly preferable
We were satiated and excited for a full day of eating as Cornelia Street Cafe offered a jump start for our New York dining blitz.

Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia St (between 4th St & Bleecker St)
New York, NY 10014
(212) 989-9319

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