Neighborhood: Tribeca, 43 Murray St. (between Broadway & Church St.)
The scoop: We were looking for a quick place to brunch in Tribeca, and based on what I’ve read about Woodrow’s, I didn’t expect it to have much of a brunch crowd. Once I walked into the restaurant, I knew my assumption was correct, as there was only one other group of people brunching.
The front of the restaurant was very dark and there was a handful of people having drinks at the bar. As I approached the back, I walked toward a dining room that is a little brighter and quieter. The place is kid friendly, as they have a kids’ menu and paper tablecloths and crayons for drawing. There is also a TV in the dining area. One side of the restaurant has a brick wall, and on the other side there is a small opening where you can see the cook inside the kitchen.
The waiter did a decent job with serving the two tables in the back, while accommodating the patrons at the bar. We did not have to wait long to order, and he was available whenever we needed anything.
Bottoms up: Each brunch entrée comes with a complimentary mimosa, bloody Mary or screwdriver.
Although there wasn’t anything special to this standard mimosa, I did enjoy my drink because it had the perfect amount of OJ and champagne.
The bloody Mary was very good and spicy. Matt didn’t have any complaints about his drink other than the small cup it was served in.
Chew on this: We both wanted eggs Benedict so we decided to order the two different Benedicts offered at Woodrow’s.
Eggs Benedict $15 / Poached eggs and Canadian bacon on a toasted English muffin, drizzled with our savory, homemade hollandaise
There wasn’t anything different between the two dishes other than one came with bacon and the other with spinach and tomato. We both liked that the English muffins were crispy and the eggs were perfectly poached. The Canadian bacon tasted OK, and there was an ample amount to satisfy my meat craving.
Eggs Woodrow’s $15 / Poached eggs with spinach and tomatoes on a toasted English muffin, drizzled with our savory, homemade hollandaise sauce and served with home fried potatoes
From looking at the pictures, you can see how oily the home fries were! Not only were the home fries extremely oily, they were also soggy and flavorless. Normally, I do not use ketchup with home fries, but these definitely needed to be drowned in ketchup. The home fries were so bad that I left more than half of them on my dish.
The final bite: Although the brunch drinks were decent and the meals were reasonably priced for Tribeca, we were not impressed with our food, and I would not recommend going to Woodrow’s for brunch.
Reviewed by: Victoria