We were here again for the Mother's Day Jazz Brunch at one pm. This is one of our favorite restaurants of all.
One of our party started with the Coupe d'Amour (vodka, blood orange, passionfruit, hibiscus, sparkling wine, candied hibiscus for $13). Yes that is pricey but not out of line for Manhattan and it was a wonderful drink, sweet and intriguing.
One of our party had the French toast, four thick pieces prepared just right and delicious. The other three all had the eggs arcadia (poached eggs, ginger-citrus hollandaise, house made buttermilk biscuits, lobster cakes). These were just grand, the lobster cakes and buttermilk biscuits are a base for the eggs. The table split the pretzel bread (asiago cheese topping!), the applewood bacon and the sausages. We love bacon and this was among the best we have, greasy and salty as bacon should be. The sausages were good but heavier in texture and content than I like - if you are looking for sage and classic American sausages these are not them. We had no room for dessert so it was coffee and cappuccino both were excellent. The tab for four for all this was 133 not including tip.
The service was, as always, excellent, attentive and unobtrusive. We stayed and talked for at least forty-five minutes after we were done and two of our party remarked on how peaceful it was and how they did not hover over you hoping you would leave and they could seat another group at the table as happens at some restaurants.
We have been here for family celebrations over the years and it is a wonderful place, truly. I think that 'ambiance' is overused these days but I must say that, in addition to the food and service, it is one of the main attractions of this restaurant. The staff is always cheerful and helpful, the decor is quietly elegant and at dinner it is quite tranquil, nay, romantic. About every other time we have been here for dinner there has been a marriage proposal at one of the tables, it is just that sort of restaurant.
The only caveat is that one should check a map before coming here if it is your first time and you are not familiar with the Village since it is on a side street. Sometimes cab drivers are unfamiliar with the address.
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