La Ventura is an all day cafe in the West Village. The airy restaurant is located prominently on Hudson Street. It’s centrally located for a range of activities post-brunch. The brunch menu features a variety of dishes at affordable price points. La Ventura is much bigger than I expected. When you walk in you’ll be greeted by hanging basket lights, wood seating, and an assortment of pillows. The back area almost feels like you’re in a covered garden with a peek of sunshine coming in.
I met with my pals for a casual brunch on a blustery Saturday. Cappuccinos were in order for the trio, and the beautiful, warm espresso and frothed milk hit the spot. I decided to try one of La Ventura’s specialty brunch cocktails. The Le Tigre is a no frills cocktail prepared with gin, yuzu sake, honey, grapefruit and tonic. It was a little on the sweeter side but so delicious. My friends opted for spiked lemonades which came highly recommended. The lemonades were nice and light for enjoying with our meal.
We had ordered a few different items for sharing. The egg and cheddar sandwich had the presentation and garnishes of a burger. The garlic aioli and arugula made this a standout dish. You also have the option to add bacon should you desire. The crispy fries that accompanied the sandwich were perfection. Plus, the sandwich was easy to cut into for sharing.
Next, we tried the biscuits and gravy. A buttermilk biscuit was nestled in red eye gravy with sunny side eggs on top. The biscuits and gravy were tasty but a bit too salty. Regardless, my friends did enjoy it. The dish was served piping hot, which was satisfying for a chilly morning. The mid-size portions at La Ventura are appropriate for the reasonable price points.
Next we had avocado toast and a side of the potato hash. The avocado toast was decent but forgettable. The toast itself wasn’t too crispy, which I appreciated as it was easy to cut into. It’s a small portion for an entrée with just one piece and no sides, so I was glad to have ordered additional items. I loved the flavorfully seasoned potato hash.
Last but not least, we shared the pumpkin spiced waffles. Upon ordering our entrées, we were told the waffles wouldn’t be available until later on, so we opted to have this as our dessert. It seemed like there may have been a snafu in the kitchen for why these weren’t available at the start of our meal. The waffles were prepared with actual pumpkin inside. We loved the pumpkin spice pie seasoning on top and felt like this was a fun take on actual pumpkin pie.
THE BITCHES SAY: FOUR CHAMPAGNE FLUTES
La Ventura is a cute all-day cafe in the West Village serving flavorful brunch dishes. We’d certainly revisit given the reasonable price points and cheerful ambiance.
La Ventura serves breakfast daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m daily and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.