Ever have one of those days that starts off with the best of intentions, experiences a couple of glitches, but all works out in the end? That was us a couple of weekends ago when we had friends and family come into town for an impromptu brunch in the city.
We had planned on dining outside, but gray clouds (threatening rain), sparse parking, and unexpected restaurant closings had thwarted our plan. So we crossed our fingers and wandered about Hell's Kitchen for a spot to eat. We came across Eatery, a popular and crowded brunch spot in the area. Wistful about our chances for a table, I walked in and inquired about the wait for a group of 6. "We can seat your group immediately if you're all here" was our host's response. Success! With a smile on my face, I relayed the good news to our group and we all sat down at the large booth in the back.
Getting our table was a reason to celebrate, so drinks all around! The gals ordered the pretty drinks: Peach Bellini ($7), Guava Bellini, and Fellini (or Pear Bellini, $8). My hubby opted for the Bloody Sangrita ($8), made with tequila, OJ, and hot pepper sauce.
Omelette with cheddar cheese and sausage ($10.95), plus toast and hash browns on the side was just what our BIL needed.
Chopped Chicken Salad ($10.95): My healthy SILs ordered this colorful salad filled with seasonal vegetables like zucchini.
My hubby chose the plain burger ($10.99) while his friend opted for the Cheeseburger ($12.45) with fries. The burger was fine, but not the juiciest nor tastiest burgers we've had in the city.
I ordered the Pulled Pork Tostada ($12.95) and liked the crisp shell and sweet sauce with the pulled pork. My SIL remarked that she would order this dish the next time they came to the city.
A decent brunch, with no wait (or reservations), in an airily decorated space made for a good Sunday afternoon with our visitors. It all worked out in the end.
Eatery is located at 798 9th Ave (btwn W52nd and W53rd Sts).