I am going to start off this post by letting you know that I could eat poached eggs every single day for the rest of my life. Brunch is absolutely my favorite meal so much so that it made it to the pros column of my pros/cons list for moving to NYC. This city does brunch right.
During a recent visit back home to spend some quality time with my parents, my and mom and I stumbled upon an episode of Unique Eats on the Cooking Channel. The episode was focused on brunch and one of my favorite restaurants made it on the show — LoCanda Verde in TriBeCa. My brother-in-law and sister introduced me to the restaurant years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. Their brunch caught our attention and we immediately began planning a free weekend for my parents to visit me in the city for the sole purpose of eating at the restaurant. Locanda Verde once again did not disappoint.
Laconda Verde in TriBeCa
377 Greenwich St (between Franklin St & Moore St)
Here is what you should order during your next brunch visit:
Bloody Mary Della Casa – My favorite brunch cocktail is the Bloody Mary so I tend to order them no matter where I go…especially if they are doing something special with it. This Bloody Mary was highlighted on the episode of Unique Eats so it was a must-try on my list. It comes garnished with Italian hot peppers and mortadella, an Italian cured sausage. Garnishes make a Bloody Mary special so I give this my thumbs up. If only they could be bottomless…
Sheep’s Milk Ricotta – I have been thinking about this dish everyday since my visit. I’ve experienced the power of their sheep’s milk ricotta before but that was for dinner where it is served with sea salt and herbs. Their brunch version comes with truffle honey and burnt orange toast. It was divine. The truffle honey gave just the right amount of sweetness to the creamy ricotta. The thyme added the right balance of herbs and the orange flavor made the whole dish come together. The phrase “simple yet elegant” is the best way to describe it. My parents and I contemplated ordering a second plate after we devoured the first. I am determined to figure out a way to re-create this dish at home so keep your eyes peeled for a ricotta and with truffle honey and orange toast recipe coming soon! Oh, and this has made it onto the list of the best things I’ve ever ate so do not hesitate to order a second serving.
Uovo Modenese – This is a poached egg dish that is served with cotechino hash, spinach and tomato hollandaise. The poached eggs were cooked to perfection and the tomato hollandaise gave the dish just the right amount of creaminess. With the salty cotechino hash and spinach, this dish was extremely well rounded. They served it with some bread to soak in all the yummy-ness that was leftover at the bottom of the dish too. I highly recommend this if you are a poached egg lover like me.
Crispy Whole Grain Waffle – For those with a sweet tooth, we also ordered the waffles which came with baked apples, walnuts and Marsala crema. The baked apples were soft and sweet while the walnuts gave the dish a small crunch. I was very excited to try the Marsala crema which did not disappoint…so much better than any syrup.
So there you have it. Brunch got my 2 thumbs up. Even though it is on the pricier side, it’s worth every bite…especially every bite of that sheep’s milk ricotta (can you tell how obsessed I’ve become over it yet?). Have you ever been to LoCanda Verde? If so, what is your favorite dish? What other fancy pants brunch spots do you like to visit from time-to-time? Share your answers/comments/thoughts down below.