Cafe Cortadito Exterior

Our last #MiniMimosaholic took us to alphabet city where we indulged in the amazing Cuban food at Café Cortadito. I have been to Café Cortadito at least 5 times, with groups of friends, with just 2 people, for birthdays and for my birthday. I’ve even attended with Casandra, of Food Before Love, on yet another brunch date of ours. Each time, the food and service is impeccable, and I do not ever remember seeing anyone leave hungry or dissatisfied. The restaurant is small compared to other popular brunch spots so book in advance, and, prepare to wait outside because there isn’t any waiting area inside.

My favorite part of brunch at Café Cortadito is the wide array of bottomless drink options that they offer. They have everything from margaritas to mojitos, sangria, and even beer. The mimosaholic in me always goes for the tropical mimosas which are a fruity twist on the traditional mimosas. This time around, we got a pitcher of the champagne mojitos and although I am usually a fan of mojitos, these were my favorite honestly. The added champagne made it a lot stronger than expected and I found myself babysitting my drink. Next, we tried the champagne margaritas, but these were even stronger than the mojitos and almost difficult to finish. So, trust me and stick to the tropical mimosas or white sangria.

Cafe Cortadito Exterior
Photo by www.cafecortaditolacuisinedecubanyc.com

Now to the delicious Cuban food. I’ve tried everything from the french toast to the lobster Benedict, but opted to try something new since everything I’d had thus far had been amazing. This time around I went for the ropa vieja which is a traditional Cuban dish consisting of shredded/stewed beef and vegetables. This one was not only filling but also super juicy and you could taste so many Cuban flavors going to work as you chew. YUM! A few other favorite dishes included the calentado which was a steak with a fried egg on top, served with rice, and a sweet plantain omelet.

Overall, Café Cortadito is still a spot I highly recommend for brunch, and was a great spot for our second monthly brunch meetup. This brunch ended with some guests talking about the Little Italy in the Bronx, and hosting a #MiniMimosaholic there. So, Bronx followers, be on the lookout, you’re up soon!

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The Chef burger Korzo

The last best burger I had was at Korzo. Buried away in Brooklyn. I first learned of this decadence in our Facebook Group. Wanting to give it go, I went by with a friend to see why this was featured on the Chew. I’ve since been back for our monthly bite at nite series where we each indulged in a different burger and enjoyed a few appetizers as well. We made early reservations on both occasions which is really important because Korzo gets packed. The front of the restaurant has plenty of room to maintain the crowd but everyone is trying to get a seat at the tables in the back. Each table is adorned with condiments, including beets which I mistook for BBQ sauce. Luckily for me, we realized this before I poured it all over my fries or burger.

Korzo Chef Burger

We chose the pierogie’s, fried cheese platter and mussels to start and share. This was the perfect idea and helped us keep the bill under $50 for each guest, with drinks. On my initial visit, we also tried dessert which was overwhelmingly delicious. They served us a fried dough plate topped with whipped cream and fruits. Korzo is the place for any glutton.

The Chef burger Korzo

The burger I had both times with no regrets was the chef burger, cooked medium. The burger consist of a dry aged ground steak blend, with Monterey jack, smoked bacon, spicy Hungarian peppers and cognac spiked berry gastrique. The art of the burgers at Korzo is that they deep fry it a Hungarian dough. Instead of being met with a heavy burger bun, you’re biting into a soft, semi-sweet dough that holds all the juices inside. There’s just the right amount of room to squeeze your condiments in and the heat of the peppers stands out immediately. They make about 4 other burgers in this style but the chef burger is my favorite so far. I’ve had a chance to bite two others on the menu and they still don’t compare. If you’re looking for an amazing NYC Burger then Korzo needs to be the next place you go.

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Brunch Meal Essex Restaurant

The Lower East Side is one of my favorite neighborhoods to go to when I’m in the need of brunch. So of course, for the first #MiniMimosaholic we went to the LES staple Essex to try out their brunch. We went on a Sunday around 1:30 and it was pretty packed so I would suggest getting a reservation in advance to avoid a long wait. Essex has a downstairs level which has a few tables and the bar, and we were seated upstairs on the balcony level that was overlooking the bar below.

Mimosas Essex Restaurant

First the drinks. Essex offers unlimited mimosas, bloody mary’s, and screwdrivers, but our table stuck to the mimosas. We all know that nothing is worse than a bad mimosa. Either the ratio is too much orange juice, or the champagne tastes cheap, you know the ones. Well Essex has neither of these problems! The mimosas had the perfect OJ to champagne ratio, that being more OJ of course, and our waitress made sure that our glasses were never empty.

Brunch Essex Restaurant

I was so excited to see that Essex offered my all-time favorite brunch item, lobster Benedict. I have high expectations for my Benedict’s and this one didn’t disappoint. There was a lot of lobster on the dish, and it was very flavorful and juicy. It came with some home fries that were crispy just as I like it. Other guests went for the classic steak and eggs, and based on how quiet the table was once the food arrived, I am sure it tasted great!

Guest Essex Restaurant

Another thing I loved about Essex was that as our 2 hours of bottomless came to an end, our waitress topped our glasses off and let us know we could continue the fun downstairs at the bar. Once down there, we indulged in more laughs and mimosas, which the bartender kept flowing for us for at least another hour. We also ordered some hand-cut French fries which were to die for. It was a great start to our #MiniMimosaholic series!

Brunch Meal Essex Restaurant

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Zengo Thai Chicken Empanadas

It’s been a long time since I last visited Zengo but the memories are still pleasant. This particular occasion, was for the birthday of a dear friend who knows how to brunch in style. It not so easy to find brunches that are this fun in the city anymore, bottomless and with great food. Rare find for sure. Zengo also host private parties on their upper level and the free coat check is a relief. Who wants to get aioli sauce on their jacket?

Zengo Mimosas

The brunch options at Zengo are unlimited so you’re welcome to order everything, which indeed we did. They also have about 8 different brunch cocktails that you’re welcome to switch out as much as you’d like. I recommend you try them all until you find your favorite but note that the bottomless clock starts soon as you sit down. If anyone else is late to the party, they will regret it! There were a few crowd favorites amongst us, especially the Mexican chocolate waffle. Don’t leave without it if you like sweets.

Zengo Shrimp Ceviche

 

We started light with the shrimp ceviche but it was more of a cold salad than anything else. Because Zengo is a Latin and Asian fusion restaurant, the Thai citrus flavors were prominent. Fresh melon adorned the dish but it was really more of an appetizer and we were still left with plenty of room. The sushi rolls were more than enough for everyone and it was perfect that they provided vegetarian options for those who wanted.

Zengo Lobster Chipotle Grits

 

The lobster grits also didn’t have the usual consistency grits should have but it was great for bread dipping. The hints of lobster were surely hints but definitely present. The fried chicken was one of the heartiest thing we ordered and it was a juicy addition to some of the starches we ordered.

Zengo Plantains

Pouring cheese over plantains has been something I’ve been more willing to try since my visit to Bodega Negra. There’s just something about crema fresca or cotija over sweet plantains that gets me going. These are what brunch dreams are made of.

Zengo Thai Chicken Empanadas

Another Zengo favorite were the Thai chicken empanadas. They had just the right amount of spice to them and the sweetness of the mango salsa brought it all together. The empanadas were perfectly fried and stuffed with enough chicken to leave us all full. Because we all got to share plates and Zengo was so accommodating, I’d say it was a great place for a group or occasion.

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Fresh& Co Adobo Chicken

As a busy entrepreneur, I’m always looking for on the go eats like Fresh & Co. One of the things I love most about this brand, is that they’re all over New York City so I’m never too far away. I recently discovered that they have their own app. Lucky for me, they sent me $10 for my birthday and I couldn’t wait to redeem it. I’m somewhat of a regular at Fresh & Co. so I’m here for all the perks they offer.

Fresh & Co Ingredients
My usual order is the Tex Mex bowl. It comes with a spicy tex mex sauce, fresh avocado, melted cheese, beans, pico de gallo and fresh kale. You also have the choice of quinoa or rice and I almost always choose quinoa. Not sure how to properly say Quinoa? Watch my video here. I love how good I feel after I have this dish, and love how filling it is as well.

Fresh& Co Adobo Chicken

The Fresh & Co staff are extremely sweet and work efficiently. You can always count on them to adjust the heat in your dish and make great recommendations for proteins. The adobo chicken is my go to which they layer over the bowl. There are other options but I was told tthe adobo chicken is the best, and it’s the most affordable.

Fresh & Co Tea
You can grab iced teas at Fresh & Co. too. But I try to grab a red jacket with my meal if the location is offering it. Every location can be a little different but the food is always great. I never run into too long of a line and there’s always plenty of seating. The packaging is perfect for taking your order with you. It keeps the food warm and maintains the taste. Next time you’re feeling healthy and don’t want to compromise on flavor, choose Fresh & Co.

Fresh & Co Tex Mex Bowl

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Randolph Beer Brooklyn Dish

Brunch is extremely popular at Randolph Beer in Brooklyn and I was ready to find out why. Getting an earlier reservation was the best idea I had all weekend because mid-meal, the line was out the door. The vibe at Randolph Beer is down to earth, a little eclectic, and fun. I’m here for fun vibes over brunch. Since it was only a party of two, we were seated at a high table which I hated. The table seemed far two small for us both and our food but now I know to come with a party of 3 or more. This wasn’t going to stop the fun, as I ordered a $25 pitcher of their Strawberry Cucumber Fizz.

Randolph Beer Brooklyn Guest

I was being ambitious for ordering this pitcher but it was refreshing and packed a punch. I loved that the restaurant wasn’t too loud and everyone seemed to be having their own things going on, despite how busy it was. Since I arrived with an appetite, I ordered the breakfast nachos. The nachos came with sharp cheddar & jack cheese, baked eggs, black beans, ranchero sauce and pulled pork. This meal was hearty and I was unprepared.

Randolph Beer Brooklyn Pitcher

Randolph Beer Brooklyn Breakfast Nacho

There’s nothing like picking up the perfect chip with all the toppings and taste that combination. It must have been what the chef intended when he created this dish and it was exactly what I got. The breakfast nachos are great for friends who want to share. It can overwhelming trying to tackle the meal alone and even more so if you’re making it through a pitcher. My friend ordered the pulled pork Benedict which was accompanied by a perfect batch of waffle fries. This should be the next brunch experience you put on your to eat list.

Randolph Beer Brooklyn Eggs Benedict

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