Becca and I very rarely venture to the Upper East Side on a weekend unless a museum is involved, especially since she recently moved to the Financial District. A ‘not-above-14th-Street’ rule is enforced by Becca and her beau most weekends, and it’s really hard to drag them north.
So when Caffè dei Fiori invited us to try their recently launched Italian brunch menu, she swallowed her weekend pride and we both make the long hike up the island. Besides, quality brunch spots are few and far between in this upper part of Manhattan, but Caffè dei Fiori looked like the real Italian deal.
Located down the block from Hunter College, the split-level restaurant is fairly roomy for Manhattan standards and has a certain quaint Italian charm to it. Large floor-to-ceiling windows in the back of the lower level fill the room with natural light, and overlook a small patio, which I’m sure is beautiful in the summer months.
The cocktail list was sparse for brunch hours, and we surprisingly had to order off-menu to get a Bloody Mary—but our server was amenable to mix anything we wanted. It did, however, take upwards of 15 minutes to get this classic cocktail after we ordered, so we were nervous about its quality.