After a few weeks of trying to convince the girls to try a new place, I finally made it to Yerba Buena in the East Village for a Pan Latin boozin’ brunch. Like most Alphabet City restaurants, the walk to the restaurant was grimy, dirty, crunchy, hipster.. everything you love about Avenue A. After making my reservation for Saturday brunch the night before, I was not anticipating a busy cafeteria, but I was wrong, I think.
We changed the reservation from 7 girls to 4, which was delightful. I was the second one there and took a seat right at the bar. For me, a later brunch is always better so I was very pleased with a 2 PM meal (brunch seating is either noon or 2 on the weekends). As the rest of the digi-girls arrive (yes, we are all in digital marketing) Yerba Buena gets incredibly
AYCD Mimosas at Brunch
busy. Please note, “busy” is all relative, the restaurant must seat a charming 25-30 guests. Julie tells us that she has brunched at the Perry Street location, and
really enjoyed it. So, we were even more thrilled to sit, eat and enjoy our AYCD — because at this point, it was nearly 2:20 and we haven’t been sat yet. A foreshadowing of our slow meal..
From the moment we sat down, the service was abysmal. There was one, extremely friendly, server who clearly could not handle the brunch crowd. The four of us ordered our drinks immediately, but receive them almost 10 minutes after we sit. The drinks were almost always empty for about 5 minutes (which is a long time when you’re hungover) before the all you can drink, sangria, margaritas or bloody’s were refilled. There was a silver lining: the drinks were strong, and the liquor wasn’t cheap. You could taste the good champagne in the mimosas, the plethora of non-Jose brand tequila in the margarita and the horseradish-laden vodka in the bloody. Delicious and strong.
Now the good stuff, the food. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals:
Apps: Guacamole.. guac..avocado.. it was great! Delicious and spicy!
PerfectlyFishy Fish Tacos
Fish Tacos: @Yaypril says “They were amazing. Nothing fishy about them. Fried but not heavy.”
Julie and I both had the Steak and Eggs: The meat was a bit fatty,
AYCD and Steak n Eggs.. Delicioso!
and rice and beans a bit bland, but whatever the orange sauce was – it was perfect. The salad was delish and the eggs were just right. Not typical for brunch, for me anyway, we decided to share some dessert: Decent, but not great, Dulce de Leche but superb churros with chocolate dipping sauce. But it is a good thing we got the dessert.. after nearly 20 minutes for it to get to our table after we placed the order I was hungry again!
Last call: This NYC AYCD brunch spot is well worth it, so long as you are not in a rush. The drinks are strong, the apps are tasty, food is great with a nice Latin flare and the dessert menu is small but sweet. Service is lacking and there isn’t much else to do in the neighborhood.
Dessert: Dulce and Churros
Brunch score: 3.5 mimosas out of 5
Price range: Meals are between 9 and $14 with $12 All you can drink option.
23 Avenue A
For more details and a full menu check out their Site or other reviews on the overall experience on Yelp.