Brunch at L'Amico near Penn Station

 L'Amico in Chelsea, NYC, NY

L'Amico in Chelsea, NYC, NY

We were looking for a brunch place near Herald Square on OpenTable and reserved a table at an Italian restaurant called L'Amico, realizing only when we were there that we knew this place. Well kind of: we passed so many times In front of it, thinking that we should go check it out one day. I did not know at the time or more did not pay attention to their sign, that this is another restaurant of French Chef Laurent Tourondel who gave us BLT Prime or BLT Steak. This is a nice place, with an elegant rustic feel. Located in the Eventi Hotel, it does not have the decor or atmosphere of many hotel restaurants. No, there it is vibrant, with on one side of the dining room the open kitchen with its wood fire ovens where you can see the flames dancing as they make pizza; on the other side, the terrace opens on to a street that is, in that area, not used to seeing such a nice place. 

 Dining room at L'Amico in Chelsea, NYC, NY

Dining room at L'Amico in Chelsea, NYC, NY

 Dining room at L'Amico in Chelsea, NYC, NY

Dining room at L'Amico in Chelsea, NYC, NY

Their brunch menu looks really good and I was not really sure what to get. So, I first went for a fresh squeezed orange juice. 

 Fresh squeeze orange juice at L'Amico in Chelsea, NYC, NY

Fresh squeeze orange juice at L'Amico in Chelsea, NYC, NY

As an appetizer, we shared the "our bread", a marzipan based bread stuffed with dried cherries and served with a whipped ricotta and honey, the cheese cutting a bit the sweetness of the bread. 

 Almond bread at L'Amico in Chelsea, NYC, NY

Almond bread at L'Amico in Chelsea, NYC, NY

 Almond bread at L'Amico in Chelsea, NYC, NY

Almond bread at L'Amico in Chelsea, NYC, NY

 Ricotta and honey at L'Amico in Chelsea, NYC, NY

Ricotta and honey at L'Amico in Chelsea, NYC, NY

For her entree, Jodi ordered the Farmer's Omelet that was made with egg whites, avocado, Summer squash, robiola cheese and mushrooms. It was a decent dish, admitting that I am not really into omelets made without the yolk...

 Farmer's omelette at L'Amico in Chelsea, NYC, NY

Farmer's omelette at L'Amico in Chelsea, NYC, NY

On my side, I went for the omelette soufflé cacio e pepe, a puffed up omelet made with lots of cheese in the center. It was really good, although missing a bit of salt, that fortunately was complemented by the cheese. What I did not know though is that, to make it, it takes a long time, and we were wondering where our dishes were. The waiter came to tell us when he started seeing us looking around, trying to understand if they forgot us. But it was worth the wait. 

 Omelette soufflé at L'Amico in Chelsea, NYC, NY

Omelette soufflé at L'Amico in Chelsea, NYC, NY

 Omelette soufflé at L'Amico in Chelsea, NYC, NY

Omelette soufflé at L'Amico in Chelsea, NYC, NY

Overall, our meal was good and I am curious to try the dinner menu at L'Amico.

Enjoy (I did)!

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L'Amico - 849 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10001

 
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