Estancia 460 – TriBeCa, New York, NY

Buenos-Aires

                                     3.5 Lizards (for Brunch)

                                                        Pictured: Huevos Hombre and Breakfast Pizzaimage

I went here for a weekend brunch with a friend after getting a manicure from the lovely salon next door (Tribeca Spa of Tranquility). We came on a Saturday at around 12:30 P.M. and the place only had a few groups inside. Maybe it’s more popular on Sundays, but a nearly empty brunch place always gives rise to suspicion on a weekend in New York City.

That being said, there is a charming little outdoor seating area, complete with pretty flowers and a view onto Greenwich St. The inside is mostly wooden with a bar that looked like it was copy and pasted from an estancia in Argentina. Having traveled to a traditional estancia in Argentina last year, I enjoyed the decor very much.

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Menu: The brunch menu had plenty to offer without having too many options. Everything sounded delicious! We ordered mimosas, which were the same as they are anywhere else. For food, we ended up choosing the huevos hombre and the breakfast pizza.

Presentation of food: Nothing special.

Taste: Both dishes had good flavor, though the breakfast pizza had a little too much arugula for my taste. The Hollandaise sauce on the perfectly poached egg had a nice creaminess to it, and the focaccia bread was a nice change from the usual English muffin. The dish is advertised as poached eggs “over prosciutto”, which actually just meant a slice of ham on top of each of the two eggs. I was not particularly impressed by the “prosciutto”, given that the restaurant calls itself Argentine/Italian.

The pizza, on the other hand, had a great thin, crispy crust with a nice mix of toppings. The egg on top was supposed to be sunny side up but came out a little overdone. What really added to it was the red pepper flake olive oil they brought out – it was delicious!

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Overall, I liked the restaurant, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to return for brunch. I need to come back and try lunch or dinner to see how authentic the Argentine cuisine is (did that sound pretentious enough for ya?).