If you’re tired of waiting around the Lower East Side to be seated for brunch, Cafe Cortadito is the answer to your problems. It sits right around the corner from the ever to popular, Poco Restaurant. In my opinion, Cafe Cortadito is just as good, if not better.
I was skeptical at how empty this place was, however, by the time it was time to go…I didn’t know what the skepticism was for.
Cafe Cortadito is unpretentious and still dishing out unlimited drinks for a good time. You have the option to switch your drinks out as much as you’d like, or if you’re anything like me, you’ll be sticking to Sangria’s the entire meal.
Every meal comes with a bowl of black beans and salad. The dressing on the salad is worth talking about. It was one of the most refreshing salads I’ve had in a while. Based solely off the dressing. The taste of the dressing wasn’t overpowering with acidity, plus it had a sweetness to it that keeps you coming back for more.
The most intriguing part of the meal was the entree. I decided on the Ropa Vieja. It is either pulled or shredded pork over sweet plantains. I have never had sweet plantains served as a bed for my protein. Normally, tostones, a green plantain, is used to play this role. However, the sweet plantain’s was quite interesting to try and actually may have even been better to enjoy.
My friend, Robin, indulged in the Lobster Benedict. Rumor has it that this is the best thing on the menu. The lobster is served over, what seems to be, an arepa and it’s a hearty choice if you’re looking for one.
Stop waiting to be seated and make your own party at Cafe Cortadito.
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