Location: Lower East Side, 189 E. Broadway (between Canal St. & Rutgers St.)
The scoop: Cafe Petisco is located in the lower east side of Chinatown where unfortunately there are a lack of brunch options. I decided to brunch at 3:30, and I was surprised that this place had a decent crowd of people considering most people aren’t too familiar with this area of Manhattan.
I thought the inside was cute in a simple way — I liked that they used wine bottles on the walls for decoration. It seems like they make the most out of the restaurant space. The place isn’t too big, but there were a good amount of tables. At the counter, pastries are available for sale and that was also where the bartender mixed the drinks. Right behind the counter area you can see the kitchen.
The restaurant was kind of noisy with chatter, but not unbearably loud. There were a some kids in the restaurant and a couple of them were eating pancakes that looked pretty good.
Bottoms up: From 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the brunch mimosa, bellini and beer cost $5 each.
Since I was ordering an egg dish, I decided to go with the mimosa. Instead of a flute glass, this drink was served in a tall glass. I wasn’t wowed as it was your standard mimosa.
Bloody Mary $ 9 / Vodka, tequila, tomato juice, worchestire sauce, horseradish and harissa
Served in a mason jar and garnished with the bloody Mary essentials, this bloody Mary hit the spot. Matt really enjoyed the homemade taste and it had the right amount of spice.
The Heatah $9 / Tequila, lime, jalapeno coins, cointreau, agave
Since we had brunch late, I was able to order a drink during the happy hour special ($6 per specialty cocktail). I absolutely loved the Heatah. It was spicy with a tad bit of slight sweetness and pretty strong. I saw the bartender mixing the drinks and he really put effort into all of the specialty cocktails that he made.
Steak Benedict $11.25 / Two poached eggs over skirt steak, hollandaise sauce
Since it was late in the day, I wanted a heavier dish so the eggs Benedict with steak caught my eye. I assumed the steak would have been filling, but there weren’t many pieces which was disappointing. The eggs were perfectly poached over bread (not an English muffin) with a scarce amount of steak. Since the egg yolk was very runny and there was a good amount of hollandaise sauce, I really didn’t get to taste the flavor of the steak. The salad was fine, but I was expecting more from this dish.
Grilled Shrimp Pita $12.50 / Arugula, cilantro, onion and tomato (spicy)
Matt wasn’t in the mood for a brunchy item, so luckily Cafe Petisco offers lunch items. The cilantro made the pita very tasty, but the sandwich wasn’t spicy. The spicy component was the mayo served on the side which Matt didn’t really use. A good amount of mini shrimp were toward the bottom of the sandwich, and I took some to mix with my salad since I wasn’t satisfied with my dish. The pita came with salad, but Matt substituted it for fries. He thought the dish was OK and filling.
The final bite: Hidden in an area unknown, Cafe Petisco offers food that many restaurants nearby don’t offer. Even though my brunch meal was just OK, I think this cafe has pretty good drinks and the friendly and relaxed vibe is inviting.
Reviewed by: Victoria