09 May 2010

a brunch at Petite Abeille

I wandered into Gramercy this morning- with brunch on the mind. An old friend from Seattle met me at Petite Abeille for a traditional Belgian menu. Walls opened to the air with blue and white checked table clothes decorated with anchors. We caught up over double lattes and bloody mary's. The cocktail came decorated with bell paper slices which increasingly enhanced the flavor with each sip.

Humble and sweet servers offered water and delicious house-baked bread with butter. The egg dishes on the brunch menu were encouraged- I followed suit with the Jambon Benedict. Served with black forest ham, greens dressed in a light vinaigrette and stoemp (potato+carrot mash), the eggs came poached gorgeously and doused in buttery, divine hollaindaise.

Petite Abeille offers daily specials worth indulging in. Among those- 1/2 price Belgian beers on Monday (a steal!), 1/2 price wines by the bottle Tuesday, bottomless mussels Wednesday and lobster night on Thursday. With the down-to-Earth atmosphere and happy-hour menu, the venue is idea for a low-key date night...

images: from my iPhone

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