I am a huge fan of brunch. And breakfast. So I’ve had my fair share of brunch and breakfast in New York, and I believe the best place for this meal in terms of food quality in the city right now in Locanda Verde. This italian restaurant is hidden in Tribeca, just a block away from the Hudson river. Not exactly the most convenient location, but the industrial feel of Tribeca really adds to the experience of eating in this fine restaurant.
I had the opportunity to try a few of the offerings. The pastry mista, which is a “basket” of baked goods, comes with whipped honey butter and preserves. They must have an amazing pastry chef because everything in the basket was delicious. The only problem I had with it was that it gets too filling so I suggest you share the pastries with a group of friends.
The better choice to start off breakfast though is the sheep’s milk ricotta, served with truffle honey and orange burnt toast. Oh my. This is probably the best thing on their menu. The toast is just divine. A little charred, but a good thing with the sweetness of the orange glaze. The crisp goes so well with the smooth and creamy ricotta. This ricotta has some herbs in it that really bring the entire dish together. Thyme I believe. Pretty brilliant.
Time for the main star of the restaurant: the lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberries. Oh so glorious. The perfectly browned pancakes is served with some lemon cream on top and fresh juicy blueberries. It’s the right amont of fluffiness, and the flavors just come together so well. That soft pillowy pancake covered with a little bit of that lemony tang, soaked in a fresh burst of blueberry juice. Not to heavy. Just right.
Skip the hazelnut crusted french toast. You will probably ogle over that gorgeous looking french toast at the table next to yours, but looks can be deceiving. I am not saying this french toast is not good, it’s just meh. And I didn’t come to Locanda Verde to get a meh.
Some sides that people rave about are the garlic potatoes which are borderline good. The pork sausage (italian style) was alright but a rather weird choice at the breakfast table.
When it comes down to it though, the pastry basket, the burnt toast and the pancakes, make one hell of a breakfast and I cannot think of a better way to start off a day.