Serafina is a staple for indecisive New Yorkers because there’s a location in just about every part of town. Recently I meandered into my favorite maze of a neighborhood, Tribeca, to this Serafina location, which had several past visits to outshine.
At first glance, this Serafina seemed a bit posher than the others I’ve visited. Its two-floor, subway-tiled stand-alone building sat sweeping this West Broadway corner with gaping glass doors and plenty of light.
The central Tribeca locale makes this Serafina the perfect place for some weekend people watching. Whether your tourist friends are craving a bit of downtown sightseeing or you’re looking for a quiet brunch on the outskirts of all the action, I’d definitely recommend this NYC institution.
After attending the grand opening party earlier this summer, this Bitch was invited in for a delectable Italian brunch. I dragged along my sweet Italian, Tim, so I could attempt to get an authentic review of the place.
We decided to start off with both caffeine and alcohol. With two lattes, a homemade Bloody Mary, and their signature champagne cocktail, our meal was off to a great start. The champagne cocktail hit the spot with its mix of Belvedere, St. Germain, prosecco, and raspberries, and the Bloody Mary was both tangy and perfectly spiced.
While oddly placed in the entree portion of the menu, we couldn’t resist the Il Tagliere as a starter. Why essentially a huge board of meat was listed as an entree beats me, but these thin slices of prosciutto, crudo, and cotto salame made for an incredible brunch appetizer. The size of this dish was definitely larger than expected; it would probably suit a table of double our size or more just fine.
Tim opted for the classic eggs Benedict, while I insisted on going for the lighter egg-white frittata after the rush of sodium from the cold cuts. Both dishes were presented beautifully and were full of color, making it hard for us to resist diving on in pre-photograph.
Tim’s eggs were perfectly poached and drenched in hollandaise sauce—more than I would prefer—but sheer deliciousness for those who can’t get enough sauce. Each dish was served with a side of mixed greens and toasty home fries. My sides sat atop the frittata, which seemed a bit strange, but the flavors and textures meshed well, and I had no complaints.
The Bitches say: Five Champagne Flutes. Serafina Tribeca makes for a classic, relaxing brunch in the heart of Tribeca. Chic, understated decor and a welcoming staff only elevate the delicious homemade Italian cuisine
Serafina Tribeca serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.