Sunday, February 23, 2014

Colicchio & Sons

To celebrate Keith's birthday with his family, we headed to brunch at Colicchio & Sons from James Beard award-winning chef Tom Colicchio.  With a menu of the finest seasonal and local ingredients, we were intrigued by many of the choices and picked a nice variation of the breakfast items.

Photo via Colicchio & Sons website
We arrived at 12:30pm and were seated in the main loft-like dining area.  The room was filled with light, however was extremely warm.  We asked the server why it was so hot and if we could at least lower the heat, but he explained that they could not control the temperature - it's either 'on' or 'off' - and is set this way for the entire building.  So we just had to suffer through it.

As a welcome taster, we were treated to a little shot of warm spiced apple cider.  It was very thick - almost maple like - and had intense spice flavor.  We took our time looking over the menu and finally decided on a nice mix of options.

For the table to share, Keith picked the Ricotta, Egg & Arugula Pizza.  Cooked in the brick oven, the crust had a nice bite and the ricotta was very fresh on top.  I am not a huge fan of runny eggs, but everyone else loved this breakfast pizza.   For my main dish, I chose the Egg Frittata with Onions, Chorizo & Gruyere.  It came with a small simple salad on top and a slice of rustic bread.  Keith's mother also ordered this dish and we agreed the frittata was very fluffy and overall a perfectly light meal.

Brioche Pan Perdu with Maple Syrup & Bourbon Butter
Keith chose the Coffee Rubbed Brisket Hash & Sunnyside Eggs.  The coffee rub was very prominent in this dish, but he enjoyed it overall.  His father ordered the BLT-E Sammie with Pork Belly, Roasted Tomato & Fried Egg.  It was a large open-faced sandwich that was decadent with both bacon and pork belly.  Keith's brother ordered the Brioche Pain Perdu with Maple Syrup & Bourbon Butter.  We all begged to sample a bite of the fancy French toast, and it was clearly the favorite dish of them all.  The bread had a nice crust on it and was not overly sweet.

Our wonderful spread of desserts.
Lastly, for dessert Keith really wanted to try the Lemon Thyme Glazed Doughnuts.  A very generous portion arrived.  The donuts were not too dense and had an intriguing flavor from the citrus and herb glaze.  We also ordered the Mascarpone Panna Cotta with Kiwi, Dark Rum & Pineapple Sorbet.  Not only was this dish beautifully plated, but it was my favorite.  I loved the juxtaposition of the creamy panna cotta with the bright kiwi and pineapple.  The staff also brought out an array of ice cream & sorbet - today we tried mint chocolate ice cream, ginger sorbet, pineapple sorbet, and chocolate sorbet.  Finally, a light layered mousse cake was presented to Keith for his birthday.

The obligatory 'birthday' dessert.
Overall, we had a very pleasant brunch at Colicchio & Sons.  All the dishes were featured high quality ingredients.  The only negatives about our experience was the uncomfortable heat in the room and the sometimes slow service in between meals.  Service was on point as dishes came out, but there was a lag in between with times where we felt ignored, such as needing drinks refilled, etc.  These were minor enough that I would be interested to return and try out the dinner menu.

Total Rating: 3.9
Food: 4, Price: 3, Service: 4.5, Ambience: 4, Accessibility: 5

What I ate:
Ricotta, Egg & Arugula Pizza

Egg Frittata with Onions, Chorizo & Gruyere

Mascarpone Panna Cotta
Kiwi, Dark Rum & Pineapple Sorbet

Plus Keith ate:
Coffee Rubbed Brisket Hash & Sunnyside Eggs

Lemon Thyme Glazed Doughnuts

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