I might have found my new favorite spot for brunch: The Cupping Room Café. Located in Soho, this spot combines a bar, a restaurant and a bakery.
We arrived by the entrance on West Broadway and I thought that it was a tiny place, but then, they brought us to their main dining room, located past the open kitchen.
It is a warm place with a very rustic feel thanks to the tin ceiling, the brick walls and the antique pot belly stove proudly displayed in the back.
Service was very nice, although a bit overwhelmed at times.
So, you probably wonder why I think it is a great place? Well, as I mentioned earlier, it is a bakery, so a lot of items on their menu such as cakes, cookies, muffins are made on premises. Then, they have one of my favorite dish: eggs Benedict. But here, I am talking about customized eggs Benedict! You just pick what you want on it: salmon, fresh, not smoked, fresh tuna...This is the first time I go to a restaurant that offers that. So I decided to try and ordered the eggs Benedict with fresh salmon ($6 suppl.).
With it, I had a choice of fries, salad or fruit (for an additional $2). I went for the fruit salad, trying to keep it healthy...before dessert... I really like when restaurants propose fruit as a side, especially in the Summer. Regular salads? Too boring. Potatoes: not always good.
The eggs were perfectly cooked, the yolk being delightfully runny, and the salmon cooked as requested, rare and giving to the dish a new dimension. The only negative is that I would have preferred the fruit in a separate plate or a bowl as they quickly got submerged by the Hollandaise sauce.
Jodi got the cobb salad, without chicken and bacon.
Although there was a lot of it, it was way overpriced at $20.
So, this is a bakery, so we could not miss desserts. We therefore decided to go for their sampler that was a great deal for $8.
The sampler was composed of:
Red velvet cake:
My favorite was definitely the brownie: it was heaven on a plate! It was very chocolatey, with the top being crunchy and the middle very moist. The tiramisu was very light and creamy. The red velvet: good, but nothing extraordinary for me.
With my brunch, I got a fresh squeezed orange juice that was not watered down:
And an espresso:
Although a little pricey, this is definitely a good place for brunch. If you go there, do not miss desserts!
Enjoy (I did)!
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