Place: Choice Kitchen & Cocktails
Neighborhood: Murray Hill, 380 3rd Ave. (between 27th and 28th St.)
The scoop: My mom, sister and I went to Choice for a Mother Day’s brunch. Needless to say, we were a bit taken aback when we were seated by the hostess who was wearing a questionable outfit — really short skirt, open-back top, not very appropriate for a day shift at brunch. Seated in the second part of the restaurant, we noticed right away that the table was sticky — so much so that our napkins were stuck to the table! The chair cushions had tears in them and one wall looked like it had tape residue on it. One plus was the size of the room — very spacious, but a bit dark. The bathroom could use a good cleaning. I feel like you’d want to visit this place for the bar, not brunch. Maybe our experience would have been different if we were sitting outside. It looked pleasant, but cramped, out there. The server was very nice and checked up on us numerous times to see if we needed anything.
Bottoms up: Choice has a good brunch special. For $15.95, you get an entree and two complimentary drinks — with a choice of mimosa, bloody Mary, beer, juice, coffee or tea. All three of us went with the mimosas, which were good. Nothing fancy, just good ol’ OJ and champagne. The mimosas had a nice balance of the two ingredients. Not too weak or too strong.
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Banana stuffed French toast $15.95 / Giant French toasted croissant stuffed with bananas and garnished with fresh fruit and powdered sugar
As you can see there is no powdered sugar on the French toast. The fresh fruit consisted of a few blueberries. I was pleasantly surprised to find the dish came with a side of bacon, which wasn’t stated on the menu. However, one of the pieces of bacon was very burnt. The French toast was good, not the best I’ve ever had, but decent. Sliced bananas were stuffed in between the layers of the croissant. It could have been hotter.
Western omelette with red & green peppers, onions, ham & cheddar $15.95 / Includes home fries, toast and your choice of ham, bacon or sausage
My omelette was on the larger size with a small amount of veggies in it, but it was good. The seasoned potatoes were tasty. I was disappointed there was only one slice of toast with my order. I’ve never been to a restaurant that gave one piece of toast with an omelet. The side of bacon was similar to Steph’s … half of the pieces were good, half were burnt. This was probably the best dish of the bunch.
CHOICE strawberry pancakes $15.95 / Choice of banana, blueberry, strawberry, apple cinnamon, chocolate chip or plain
The strawberry pancakes looked OK when they were placed in front of me, but after I tried them, they left something to be desired. They lacked flavor, and they weren’t as hot as they should have been. I did like how the strawberries were inside the batter and not just on top of the pancakes, though. I had to ask for more syrup because the measly half cup they provided wasn’t enough. My dish also came with bacon.
The final bite: Overall, good customer service, decent food and poor decor. Choice isn’t the best choice.
Reviewed by: Stephanie