Place: HK Cafe
Neighborhood: Hell’s Kitchen, 5239th Ave. (corner of 9th Ave. and 39th St.)
The scoop: Cafeteria is all I have to say. If you have been to this place in Chelsea you will know what I mean. HK Cafe is virtually the same – customer service (which pretty much sucked), people, and decor. The decor is very modern and has a city feel. The best part of the entire restaurant is the large glass garage doors. It happened to be a beautiful day today, so all of the doors were open making for fantastic sidewalk seating. Nearly every seat had outdoor exposure. Beyond this, the customer service was horrible and the food was mediocre. They were trying to turn around tables in a snap and wanted us out quick. There’s nothing like having a lazy brunch morning and enjoying your great sidewalk table. At one point we were asked to leave by both the server and the host due to the amount of people waiting. We still had drinks to finish. Overall, I would not recommend this place, nor would I go back.
Bottoms up: My boyfriend, Johnny, made a cameo today! We decided to kick off the weekend with a bellini. The drinks were nothing special and certainly didn’t “wow” either of us. Before we knew it our table was ready and Johnny handed his card to the bartender. To our surprise it was $32 for 2 drinks! We were both baffled. The bartender failed to tell us prior to ordering that the drinks during brunch were unlimited for $14.95 per person. Forget being able to have 1 drink b/c it’s $10 per drink otherwise. Also, during brunch this joint is CASH only. We had know idea beforehand, so one of us was going to have to dash over to an ATM.
Chew on this:
HK Eggs Benedict $14.50 / Spinach, grilled Portobello, roasted peppers, blue cheese hollandaise sauce on an English muffin.
Eggs Benedict is basically my go to dish. I love trying innovative versions. There was more spinach then anything. The eggs were not very runny, meaning they were over cooked. Runny eggs are an eggs benedict staple! The home fries, a.k.a. roasted red potatoes were pretty good. The dish was extremely greasy.
Grilled Marinated Skirt Steak $14.95 / Eggs any style, home fries, toast
I asked for medium rare and it came basically raw. The dish was a decent size, but it was lacking flavor. Much like Erica’s dish, it was extremely greasy overall.
The final bite: I would not recommend this place for an AYCD brunch, as this restaurant is all about turning tables and you can’t get more then one drink down.
Reviewed by: Erica