Monday, October 8, 2012

Day 910 : Brunch at Alobar

Location : Long Island City.

Where and what?

An awesome farm to table neighborhood-y restaurant on Vernon Boulevard with fresh inventive riffs on the classics boasting an extensive whiskey list and great cocktails. Definitely more for the meat-lover but with plenty of vegetarian and non-meat options.

The rustic yet sleek interior was full of couples, groups of friends, and young families for yesterday's Sunday brunch. Great coffee and brunch cocktails were the perfect beginning to the meal.

Lemon ricotta pancakes with a seasonal fruit compote were the starter for the table. Tangy and citrusy yet warm and round and creamy, not too heavy and just the perfect palate teaser.

I followed with their Salmon Benny -- a classic brunch dish -- two poached eggs with cured salmon, rosemary, and arugula. Minus the English muffin and hollandaise portion for me but with a side of smoked ricotta and a mixed green salad, it was a savory and aromatic beginning to the rainy grey day. The eggs were poached just right and the cured salmon was just right.

My three dining companions were equally pleased with their meals -- each of us enjoying the elevated rustic farm to table cuisine in the warm and comfortable atmosphere. I look forward to going back for one of their whiskey evenings and for dinner.

46-42 Vernon Boulevard

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