9 E 18th St
(between 5th Ave & Broadway)
New York, NY 10003
Thanks to M.B., I was lucky enough to be invited to sample Rosa Mexicano’s new brunch and late night menu to be offered from February 23rd to March 10th (starts tomorrow!). I stepped out of work for about an hour and a half on a Tuesday morning and started off the day with a shot of tequila. Rosa Mexicano skips coffee.
I was then offered a chaser, a Chilled Horchata de Coco, which is a classic Mexican beverage made from pressed rice milk infused with coconut. The smooth and creamy flavor of coconut soothed my stomach from the tequila and prepared me for the rest of my meal. The aftertaste was subtly of sweet rice. Mr. Howard Greenstone, president and CEO of Rosa Mexicano, explained to us that they chose to add more sugar than typically added in traditional horchatas to better suit the palate of Americans. I appreciated his honesty. Truly. One of my pet peeves is when Chinese restaurants that clearly know they are not making Chinese food, market their food as “authentic.” There’s nothing wrong with a good regional twist. Continue reading Rosa Mexicano kicks off their Flavors of Mexico series with a new Desayuno menu – officially launching tomorrow!
I’ve been meaning to try Prune for both brunch and dinner for some time now because I kept coming across it in conversation or in other food reviews. New York is one of those places where you will literally have a never-ending list of places to try like this. As a friend said last night, you cross one off your list and always end up adding three more.
54 E 1st St
(between 1st Ave & 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10003
Gabrielle Hamilton started Prune in 1999 and has since won a James Beard award and published a bestseller that is now being displayed at the front of all bookstore racks. For some reason, I was expecting a classy old New York restaurant before I got there. Prune is quite the opposite actually. The place is decked out in pink and is very lively and almost cute.
Their cocktail menu featured one entire page of different Bloody Mary concoctions. Their twist on the classic brunch cocktail included all kinds of ingredients… clam juice, pickled egg, pickled brussels sprouts, wasabi, beef jerky, you name it! My friend was planning to get the clam juice, olive, and citrus vodka Bloody Mary but chickened out at the last minute and had a mimosa. Having never had a real Bloody Mary, I decided to go for the classic: vodka, celery and lemon. I promised myself that if it was good, I would come back and get the weirdest one on the menu. The classic Bloody Mary was very strong and flavorful. It was almost like a gazpacho with a little something something. I think I would enjoy the drink as an afternoon snack or something because my body was definitely not ready for it in the morning. The drinks also came along with a small shot of … beer. I wasn’t really sure what to do with the beer and didn’t know if it was supposed to “go with” my meal or anything. I noticed that every other table had the same, small, untouched shot of beer. I guess no one else knew what it was for either. I can’t believe I didn’t ask the waitress but was engrossed in my conversation with my friend and completely forgot.
Prune had a number of very interesting dishes to choose from but I settled for a classic Eggs Benedict, firstly because I figure I’d test the kitchen out* and secondly because I simply love an eggs benedict.
Gah! And let me tell you. This dish absolutely blew me away! I’ve had countless eggs benedict brunches and have become somewhat picky about them because I’ve experienced the spectrum. The reason Prune has perfected this dish is because of a number of things: Continue reading I may have found the best eggs benedict ever. Prune.