22 May 2012

a brunch at Ponty Bistro

Weekend brunches are essential to our routine. We tend to hang in our neighborhood, but enjoy exploring new spots. This past Sunday, we hopped on the subway over to Gramercy, for Ponty Bistro's prix-fixe brunch.

The French-West African venue hosts a modest interior with windows open to the sidewalk. A guitarist quietly performed Jeff Buckley songs on repeat in the corner. A few young women were enamored with this.

We sipped unlimited bloody mary cocktails, which were light in flavor and generously spiced with cracked peppercorns.

The menu is quite extensive for a brunch prix-fixe with classics such as steak and eggs, and twists on French toast. For our plates, Chris chose the salmon Benedict, for myself, the lobster Benedict. The lobster was a bit overcooked, and a mistake. The hollandaise sauce was decent and flecked with more of those generously added peppercorns. I should have gone with something more classic. Lobster  is meant to be steamed and served more simply. However, we did find the meal to be satisfying and the service quite good.

I am curious to try their escargot with garlic butter and cognac and coconut milk doused mussels, which sound tasty and lovingly prepared on their website. Check out the menu, it's  affordable and thoughtfully crafted.

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