Place: Bread Tribeca
Neighborhood: Tribeca, 301 Church St. (between White St. & Walker St.)
The scoop: Erica has enjoyed many meals at Bread Nolita, so I figured their sister reastaurant, Bread Tribeca, would be a good choice for our Sunday brunch. I made a reservation for 3 p.m., but it wasn’t necessary for this time since the restaurant wasn’t packed. Although the space isn’t too big, they can easily accommodate a large party. There were a couple of groups at the larger tables, and single tables were combined to accommodate another group. If you want to dine alfresco, there are a couple of tables located in front of the restaurant.
The restaurant was loft-like and has very high ceilings and large windows that provide a good amount of natural sunlight. At the front of the restaurant, there is a bar on the left-hand side and a TV mounted on the wall on the right. Adding to the loft feeling was the exposed kitchen where you can see the staff working, if you look in between stacks of plates on the counter. I like exposed kitchens because it gives me the feeling that the restaurant isn’t hiding anything.
I had no complaints about the service until we received our check. Bread offers two-for-one “brunchtails.” Matt wanted a virgin bloody Mary as his second drink since he had to study after brunch. For some reason, we were charged an additional $6 for his second drink. I was not sure how this was logical considering it was the same drink MINUS the alcohol. Alcohol is what makes drinks costly, so why am I paying extra for no alcohol? Of course, I mentioned it to the waiter, and he politely told me that although he doesn’t agree, his manager said he has to charge because it’s not the same drink. I told him that didn’t make any sense considering I ordered a completely different drink for my second round. The final outcome was that he would personally remove it. I almost felt like he was trying to convince me that it was acceptable for them to charge for his virgin bloody Mary.
The Bread Tribeca Bloody Mary $11 / Our homemade recipe with fresh basil, grape tomatoes, olives & spices
Matt enjoyed the vegetable taste of his bloody Mary. He also enjoyed his virgin drink because the vegetable taste was even more prominent. The hints of basil and spices made this drink tasty and flavorful.
The Blackberry Mint Libation $12 / Fresh blackberries, mint & lime, organic agave and bourbon
I wanted something a little different from the typical brunch drinks, so I ordered this blackberry concoction. Fresh mint and blackberries added good flavor to the drink, and it wasn’t too sweet at all. My only complaint was that it lacked alcohol.
Fresh Ginger and Agave Iced Tea $12 / Fresh ginger and organic agave and rum
Yikes! The iced tea was way too strong for me so I drank less than half. I probably shouldn’t have ordered it because I am not a rum drinker. Both the ginger and rum were very prominent, and I had a slight buzz off the little bit I consumed.
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Bread / Complimentary
We were given a bread basket before our entrées and it consisted of both white and whole-wheat pieces. The bread was a little moist and good for dipping in the olive oil.
Eggs Alla Milanese $16 /With prosciutto crudo, poached eggs & tomato sauce over foccacia bread
Matt enjoyed everything about his meal. He said the dish tasted like eggs benedict meets pizza. Perfectly poached eggs were placed on top of prosciutto and bread. The tomato sauce on top of the eggs made every bite enjoyable. Tasty potatoes were also provided with freshly sliced onions. There was a decent amount of salad, and Matt thought it was refreshing.
Baked Eggs $16 / with spinach, sweet sausage & mozzarella
I was craving eggs and meat, so I couldn’t turn down a dish with eggs and sausage. The baked eggs were perfect, and there was an ample amount of freshly cooked sausage and tons of spinach. I liked dipping the bread into the egg yolk and cheese. However, I didn’t like the wateriness at the bottom of the skillet, which probably came from the spinach.
The final bite: Bread Tribeca has it all on their menu — from their many egg dishes, sweet dishes, salads and even paninis, pizza and pasta. Despite the weird drink situation, I would come back for more food at Bread Tribeca.
Reviewed by: Victoria