My in-laws Wendy and David rode the train in from Philly to see us this morning, so we took them out to eat!

Multiple bloggers recommended Locanda Verde, a TriBeCa restaurant (part owned by Robert De Niro) which was written up in the Huffington Post as having “The Best Breakfast in NYC.”


Don’t know if that’s true, but I will say they have the best bread-fast! All I ate were doughy slices in different forms. Starting with the complimentary focaccia:


Soft pillows, swirled with balsamic glazed onions


For an appetizer, we shared their famous Sheep’s Milk Ricotta, served with burnt orange toast


Truffle honey usually comes on top, but since Wendy/David aren’t fans, it arrived on the side


Drizzled on top of my toast…


…then more with another 1/2 slice of focaccia!


For my main dish, the king of carbs – French Toast. Hazelnut crusted, with a Sicilian Citrus Salad and powdered sugar on top.


Warm maple syrup – I only needed 1/4 of this because the bread really didn’t need it…


…not too sweet, not too soggy, not too dry. With the bitter zest and salty/crunchy hazelnuts, this was such a unique combination of flavors of textures


But if you’re coming here and want something sweet, I highly recommend the dish that Wendy got – Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, with fresh blueberries and lemon curd. Light but filling, with a thin crispy crust.


All of us agreed – some of the best pancakes we’ve ever eaten.

More tastes were exchanged around the table…


…Abe’s Soft Scrambled Egg Crostino with leeks and shrooms (he asked for them to leave off the speck meat)…


…David’s Uovo Modenese – Cotechino Hash (pork), Spinach, and Tomato Hollandaise


When the busboy came to clear our tables, he was shocked.

“I don’t think I ever seen this before,” he chuckled. “Usually someone leaves SOMETHING!”


I don’t get it. This is the way The Greenwalds and The Chens eat every time we go out!!!


(P.S. – Happy early birthday, Wendy!)


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  • brokencookiesdontcount

    I think the Stiles and Benson family would fit nicely with the Chens and the Greenwalds! Grandmom always said…clean your plate children are starving in Europe!

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    Glad your having such a fabulous time in NY! I now have a whole new group of places I need to try.

  • Pure2raw twins

    we always finish our plates in our family too :)
    the food looked amazing

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    All of those breakfasts look delicious!! Particularly the ricotta pancakes! In the past year I’ve discovered that ricotta has so many more uses than just lasagna. It is amazing in baked goods!

  • CAH

    Cutest picture EVER of Abe’s dad!

  • Michelle Krusiec

    I’ve eaten there and I loved my Italian meal. I ate there with a real I-talian princess and she agreed, but now I wanna go back for B-fast…. I also got my “cards” read around the corner from that place as a joke but ended up having a great time!

  • Maris (In Good Taste)

    I want to know how you stay so thin!

  • The Healthy Engineer

    Oh god. Those pancakes.

    I’ve always wanted to try lemon ricotta ones.

  • Cindy

    That’s an impressive display plate cleaning abilities. Happy Birthday Wendy!!

  • gargupie

    That’s a popular joint and dinner reservation is a must. I had a birthday lunch there when it first opened. Not very vegetarian friendly, but at least my mom enjoyed her meal.

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    truffle honey? and they wanted it on the side?! I would have just drank that :)

  • Cait’s Plate

    Aw, that was so nice of them to come! I’ve never heard of that restaurant despite all my NYC eats guides – good to know about, I may have to be making a trip there soon!

  • Rebecca Lustig

    Bread makes the world go round. #fact

  • Sues

    And now I’m totallyyy craving french toast! I love that you all cleared your plates :)

  • Liz

    The only people who leave things are silly slebs who CANNOT HANDLE FOOD except as something pretty to play with while they talk to their agents. Good on you folks. ;9

    Lemon blueberry ricotta ‘cakes are GORE-JUS. Definitely one to try in the kitchen with the berries so cheap at the store!

    Random funny story- a friend of mine were exchanging dating sob stories and she was telling me about a rather ridiculous series of dates with a guy who couldn’t understand why T accepted tastes of food from other folks’ plates (and offered her own for others to try). He thought it was weird. He said this as he snapped pics of everything they ate from a zillion different angles. Needless to say (but I’m gonna) that one didn’t last long. :p

  • Evan

    I’m late to comment, but I LOVE Locanda Verde! I used to live right near there, and their roast chicken is off the hook. Good choice on ordering their breadstuffs – Karen DeMasco is a rockstar pastry chef. I love reading your recaps of New York! It’s such a fun city (although, I think you have the best deal, living in SoCal).