It was one of those weekend mornings plagued with indecision and a slight hangover. Facing back to back weekends of travel from now until August, I knew I had to brunch, but I was feeling nothing but lazy.
After an hour strolling all the way to the Lower East side in the hope of being “inspired,” I was officially a hangry Bitch. I was finding something wrong with everywhere we stopped and Paul was about ready to de-fiance me so I finally chose Spitzer’s Corner, a bright, corner spot in the LES with a chalkboard promoting brunch.
I know Spitzer’s as a nighttime haunt, not a restaurant, and often shy away from bars with brunch menus. However, we were close to desperation and it did market itself as an “American Gastropub,” so we gave it a go.
We were seated at a communal table immediately and offered coffee. Alas, there were no espresso drinks on the menu, but I was expecting that.
The food options were also to be expected. There weren’t any items that sparked major intrigue, but there were a variety of entrees that sounded solid.
I quickly selected the fresh avocado omelet. It was served with pico de gallo, tomatillo sauce, tortilla strips, house salad, and home fries and it put me in my place real fast. AKA it was awesome and I realized I was being a total brunch snob. The fresh avocado could not have been more perfect, I loved the tomatillo sauce, and for some reason this omelet really stood out.
Paul ordered the bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich served with applewood smoked bacon, white cheddar, lettuce, and chipotle mayo. We’ve had breakfast sandwiches with chipotle before, but rarely chipotle mayo and felt this addition made it more special than straightforward.
We also shared the breakfast sausage as a side, which was served sizzling in a small skillet and was a nice addition to our meal.
Overall, the brunch was exactly what we needed and included some surprises. We left full and happy – can’t beat it!
The Bitches say: B+. Spitzer’s Corner offers high-quality brunch grub with a cool atmosphere to boot, so do yourself a favor and don’t put it in the “just a bar” corner.
101 Rivington St.
(Lower East Side)
Spitzer’s Corner serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.