I’ve walked by Paper Factory Hotel in Long Island City countless times since moving into an apartment nearby, so when I was invited to visit the hotel’s restaurant, Mundo, for brunch, I was excited to finally have a chance to check the space out.
I brought along my friend and avid bruncher Hanna, and naturally, we started our meal with a round of drinks — a Bloody Mary for Hanna and the L’al, a mezcal-based drink for myself. Hanna said her Bloody hit the spot after a long night out, and my drink was equally as satisfying.
Since Hanna and I had an afternoon of rocking climbing at Brooklyn Boulders ahead of us, we decided it’d be OK to indulge in a few appetizers before our entrees. I’ve been on a Brussels sprouts kick lately, so I suggested we get the roasted potato Brussels sprout hash, and Hanna quickly agreed. We also got an order of the hand-cut fries because we were both starving.
The hash, served with thyme, chives, shallots, and topped with a fried egg, was one of my favorite parts of the meal. The sprouts were cooked perfectly, the spices added a nice flavor, and the fried egg took the dish from a dinner side to a brunch masterpiece.
The fries were jazzed up with oregano and feta cheese and were perfect to snack on while we waited for our entrees.
By the time we finished our appetizers, we were both ready for another drink. Per our server’s recommendation, I went with the Pachamama, a tequila drink with orange liqueur, cucumber, basil, poblano pepper, lime, and aleppo-sea salt. Hanna was still a bit sleepy from her night out, so she ordered an Irish coffee. Again, both drinks were satisfying, and we appreciated that Mundo offers more than just your traditional brunch drinks.
When it came time for entrees, Hanna decided to try the Toad in a Hole, which is an egg in butter-fried bread with cheddar cheese served with a mesclun salad. Hanna said she enjoyed the dish except for the salad, which was too drenched in dressing to take more than a few bites of.
Whenever I see shakshuka on a menu, I have to order it, so that’s the dish I went with for my main. This shakshuka, served with country grilled bread that’s perfect for dipping, was definitely on par with the rest I’ve had here in NYC. The sauce was warm and flavorful, but my only complaint is that it wasn’t quite as spicy as I was expecting, and I love spice.
Even though we were stuffed at this point, we decided we couldn’t leave without trying the banana doughnut bites. These fried balls of perfection came with a chocolate crema dipping sauce and were gone almost as soon as the waiter placed them on our table. Good thing we had a few hours of exercising planned after our meal.
The Bitches say: A. Our dishes were delicious, and the extensive drink menu made this brunch stand out. We’ll definitely be back to try all the other drool-worthy items we missed out on.
Paper Factory Hotel
37-06 36th St.
Long Island City, NY 11101