I have been accused, on more than one occasion, of being a brunch-a-holic. When such claims are thrown in my face, I try to counter it, calmly, with a question – what else does one do on a Sunday summer afternoon in New York City between 11 & 4?
A decent portion of my paycheck does go to brunch, it’s true. But there are so many places to try! If you follow me on Twitter, you know that Public is one of my favorites, but I’ve yet to try the Guilty Goose, the Spotted Pig, or even Pastis (I’ve been for evening snack/drinks, but never brunch). Brunch is always a wonderful way to pass the time on weekends, but summer is really the sweetest season for brunch. An escape from the humidity, with mimosas or bellinis? Definitely my cup of tea (or champagne). We’re already halfway through the summer, but I hope it’s not too late for a summer series detailing my latest brunch tries – first up: Sotto 13, on 13th St between 8th & 9th Ave.
Keep your eye out for this one – you could walk right by it if you’re not careful! It was technically pre-season when I visited Sotto 13 with a little group of former (and some still present) colleagues to celebrate Allison’s birthday, but it’s still a great summer spot.
The interior pits black, rustic décor against the bright, natural light that pours in via skylight in the back room. It’s a brunch tapas – $25 for 2 plates and a side, or one full pizza, plus unlimited mimosas and bloody marys. Not a bad deal, tho it does leave the table a bit crowded! I chose the Frittata del Giorno (asparagus and mushroom) and the crostini topped with ricotta, lemon, and truffle honey as my two tapas plates, with a side of applewood-smoked bacon. So delicious.
It’s the little details that really make a certain spot special – like the super charming send off at the bottom of the receipt!
What are some of your favorite summertime hangouts? Leave me a comment – I’d love to hear your suggestions!