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Scottadito

What We Ordered – mimosas and then more mimosa refills. A free appetizer of focaccia bread with a dip that tasted like blended bruschetta.

  • Thick french toast topped with a perfectly thin layer of Nutella and fresh banana slices. Topped with cinnamon.  (Nicole ordered)
  • Eggs Florentine with spinach and hollandaise sauce on toasted bread. Served with a side of country potatoes and a tossed mesclun salad. (Nick ordered)
  • Thick french toast topped with fresh blueberries, blackberries and strawberries, a light dusting of powdered sugar and a side of maple syrup. (Jessica ordered)
berry french toast scottadito - eggs florentine

The Service – Our waitress was attentive but reserved. She answered our questions but offered little more conversationally. We think she may have been a little sleepy or just feeling a bit under the weather. Either way, we had no complaints about the service at all.

The Food! – Amazing. The appetizer was brought immediately after we ordered which was a happy surprise since we were starving! And the not-quite-salsa/ not-quite-marinara dipping sauce gave me the impression of almost a mild gazpacho; so refreshing on a hot summer day. The french toast was made with a flavorful batter that could have stood alone with just some powdered sugar, but the light toppings in both cases (fruit or hazelnut chocolate spread) took the meals into the realm of perfection. Nick’s reaction to his Eggs Florentine was, quote, “mmmm” and he had to be seriously coerced into sharing, enough said. Unfortunately, our table did have to have a bit of a problem with ants and we wiped one off every few seconds until our meals arrived, like a “search for the hidden objects” picture (remember those in Highlights magazines in doctor’s offices?). But once our food arrived, the ants (and our concern with them) seemed to completely disappear.

The Price – $14.94 fixed brunch with unlimited mimosas and 16 brunch-tastic options. A total deal!

The Website – The entire brunch menu is online!

Bonus – The Park Slope neighborhood is super cute to walk around if you get into the area before Scottadito opens or walk to explore after brunch. We found a tiny flea market about 3 blocks down that took over a playground for the morning hours and numerous sidewalk garage sales set up along the tree-lined streets.

Rating –  4.5  from all!! (minus just 1/2 point for ants)

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Scottadito Osteria Toscana

788A Union Street

Brooklyn, New York 11215

Brunch hours: opens at 11am

http://www.scottadito.com

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photo from NY Magazine

photo from NY Magazine website

Our original destination was the Sunburnt Cow but, as our first brunch experience, we hadn’t yet found out that brunch is super popular in New York!!, so you better be at the restaurant when they open or get ready to wait (an hour!).  My sister and I were starving so as we tried to figure out where to go instead, we saw Esperanto on the next corner looking adorable and without a line out the door. But that was only until we swept aside the heavy velvet drape in the doorway… this place was also packed. However, the wait was only quoted at 1/2 hour (it ended up being even less) and there was room at the bar for us to start our included coffee, so it was already a winner in our hungry book.

What We Ordered – coffee and a mimosa (a bloody mary, screwdriver or juice are other options)

  • Vegetable omelet With goat cheese, peppers, watercress, home potatoes (Nicole ordered)
  • Tropical French toast With maple syrup and fruits (Jessica ordered)

The Service – Accommodating and speedy for the most part. They had no problem letting us start our brunch at the bar by having coffee while we waited for a table and then once our table was ready, they told us to just leave the coffee and they’d just serve us new cups at our table. So nice (and probably saving their patrons from scalding back burns since one of us is a serious klutz… no, I’m not admitting who). We did have to wait quite a while for our check at the end of the meal, but I’m sure most people would be grateful for not being rushed out of their seats; we just happened to be in a hurry to get on with other plans for the day.

The Food! – good and hot. The home potatoes were surprisingly un-ordinary in their flavor and the non-traditional fruits on the french toast like pineapple and mango were perfectly paired with gorgeous South American decor (we loved the interior blue walls and the hand-painted drink menu on one wall of the bar).

The Price – $9.99 for coffee, a cold drink (listed above) and one of 9  brunch options

The Website – includes a full menu and has a super cute layout! (the link is below)

Bonus – Fun live music while we ate!

Rating – 4.o from all

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Esperanto

145 Avenue C

New York, NY 10009

Brunch hours: 11am – 4pm

http://www.esperantony.com

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