A Carb-filled Brunch at Locanda Verde in TriBeCa, New York City.
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 for 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!)