Location: East Village, 175 Avenue B (at 11th St.)
The scoop: I’ve heard that Spina is a pretty good restaurant, and luckily I happened to come across a Groupon for brunch at Spina. With that said, this brunch girl had to buy it.
Spina has some outdoor seating, but since it was slightly windy, I wanted to eat inside. The inside of the restaurant was well lit and welcoming. There is a bar towards the back where the staff carefully made the brunch drinks. It took awhile for the bartender to make our bloody Marys as she made them to perfection. Also, there is a pasta bar section, and according to Spina’s website, guests can watch the chef prepare homemade pasta.
The seating area was pretty comfy, the exposed brick gave off a warm vibe, and the atmosphere was perfect for a casual brunch. The wait staff was very nice. We didn’t feel rushed, and they were always available to serve.
Spina Bloody Mary $9 / Sake, housemade bloody Mary juice and pickled haricot vert
No surprise that Matt had to order a bloody Mary. Since the description sounded pretty good and I love sake, I decided to try Matt’s drink first before I ordered one. I am not a huge bloody Mary fan (I normally like it for a couple of sips), but I was so impressed with the drink that I ordered one myself. Actually, Matt was annoyed that I couldn’t get enough of his drink so that’s why I ordered my own. The drink was very fresh, with a little bit of spice. The pickled string beans were a tasty garnish that we both enjoyed.
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Nutella Calzones $6 / Baby calzones filled with Nutella
The second we saw the Nutella calzones as an option for an appetizer, we didn’t look any further. Warm Nutella, which melted in our mouths, was inside the calzones. Powdered sugar was sprinkled on top, adding to this sweet dish. The calzones were so good that we wanted more.
Orecchiette Pomodoro $11 / Jersey beefsteak tomato sauce, made in house with garlic and basil
Known for its pasta, I automatically looked for a pasta dish as my entrée. I tend to lean toward tomato-based pastas, so I went with this dish. The pasta was extremely fresh, and I could definitely tell it was homemade. My only complaint was that I expected chunks of meat, which weren’t in the pasta. I am assuming the meat was cooked in the sauce, but honestly, I really couldn’t tell. The pasta sauce was still very good, and I enjoyed my dish.
Egg Yolk Ravioli $13 / Egg yolk, ricotta cheese, truffle oil, brown butter and sage sauce
Matt was a little thrown off that his dish only came with three pieces of ravioli, but surprisingly he was satisfied when he was finished eating. Just like my dish, the pasta was cooked to perfection. With the prick of the fork, egg yolk ran out of the ravioli. The truffle oil made each bite delicious.
The final bite: Although the food portions are on the small side, Spina does offer a great brunch. A comfortable atmosphere and well-prepared food and drinks make this place a can’t-miss spot.