Place: Cafe Argentino
Neighborhood: Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 499 Grand St. (between Union Ave. & Hooper St.)
The scoop: I was meeting a friend in Williamsburg, so I was looking for a brunch spot that wasn’t too far from lower Manhattan. The prices at Cafe Argentino seemed unbeatable, and the location worked well for both of us, so we agreed to give this place a shot.
We walked in a little after 2 p.m. on a Saturday, and the restaurant was half full. The waiter told us to sit wherever we wanted, so we took a seat at a table near the door. The booths by the window looked ideal since they are near large windows that provide sunlight, but they were all taken. There was a slight smell of cleaning products in the air, and the restaurant looked a little old.
A lot of the workers hung around and were milling about the bar area in the middle of the restaurant. Not a bad idea because the workers can get a full view of the restaurant from the bar, allowing them to be attentive. I enjoyed the classic rock music playing in the background, and they spiced it up with the Spanish version of the popular The Clash song, “Should I Stay or Should I Go.”
Bottoms up: Each brunch item comes with your choice of white or red sangria and a cup of coffee. I decided to skip the coffee, and we both had red sangria. The sangria wasn’t bad for a complimentary drink. It had a slight taste of wine, but not many pieces of fruit.
Chew on this:
Huevos Rancheros $9 / Two eggs over tortilla with black beans, jack cheese, avocado & fries
The waiter asked how I wanted my eggs prepared; I went with poached. As soon as the dish was placed in front of me, I noticed there was lots of cheese, and I was turned off by the wateriness of the beans. In my opinion, the watery beans on top of the cheese made the dish look a little unappetizing. Despite the presentation, the tomatoes and avocado were fresh, and the cheese mixed with everything tasted good. I substituted a salad for the fries and was pleased with the size. It was on a separate dish and consisted of greens, sliced cherry tomatoes and onions. The light mustardy dressing added a delicious flavor.
Florentine Omelet $8 / Spinach and cheese with fries & greens
The presentation of this dish looks way better than the huevos rancheros. Marilyn enjoyed her omelet and thought it was flavorful and prepared perfectly. She didn’t have any complaints with her meal. Her dish had a good amount of food from the salad to the fries and toast. It was definitely a solid variety of food to satisfy.
The final bite: Cafe Argentino offers decent dishes at dirt cheap prices. I don’t know of many places in NYC that serve entrées as low as $7, including a drink and coffee. I wouldn’t travel too out of the way for it, but if you are looking for a low-key restaurant in the area, Cafe Argentino is a good place to brunch.
Reviewed by: Victoria