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Cecconi’s Dumbo Brunch

Out in Brooklyn nestled inside of a brick building on the Dumbo waterfront, sits world famous Italian restaurant Cecconi’s. This one is known as Cecconi’s Dumbo. Yes, there are multiple; London, Barcelona, Berlin, Istanbul, Miami, and West Hollywood have other outposts.

Enter the restaurant via the Empire Stores building, which is also home to the highly anticipated Time Out Market opening in spring 2019. Once you’re through the glass doors you’ll be greeted by a friendly concierge ready to help you.

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We were escorted through the bar area that boasts black and white floors, chandeliers, and teal bar seats while being greeted genuinely by every server we passed before being seated at our window-front table. With the restaurant on the water, you can see the Manhattan Bridge from your table as well as the ever stunning Manhattan skyline.

The restaurant itself is fairly spacious with two main inside areas as well as a patio dining area with wicker chairs and marble top tables. So getting a good table for four (or more) is very achievable.

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After ogling the gorgeous and homey interior for a while it was time to order our drinks. A Bellini, the Garden Spritz, and a Bloody Mary that was GREEN. Yes, green. Stay tuned for more on that later.

The Bellini was served in a vintage crystal Champagne glass and the beverage itself was good. The flavor of the Bellini was quite subtle but nice and refreshing nonetheless.

As for the green Bloody Mary, it was, in fact, green and not some sort of color blindness test. In terms of flavor, it was fairly traditional. The color comes from using yellow tomatoes mixed with jalapeños and lime. It was served with some old faithful accouterments, celery, and olives.

The remaining two drinks, a Garden Spritz, and another spritz were served with lime and strawberry in a wine glass are fairly similar in both appearance and in flavor.

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Now, the food. We went for the baked eggs, avocado toast, whipped ricotta with truffle honey, butternut squash quiche, and blueberry hotcakes.

First up, the baked eggs. They come served in a metal pan with a side of bread. We opted for gluten-free bread for dietary reasons and they were more than accommodating. The eggs themselves come poached and are positioned amongst the tomato marinara sauce that was full of flavor, warranting second and even third dippings.

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Second, the avocado toast. Again served on gluten-free bread as requested, the avocado was piled generously atop the bread with ample cherry tomatoes all on a silver dish. While the dish was good there wasn’t anything that stood out or that differentiated it from this dish at other places. However, I could also make the argument that avocado toast is another good reliable dish that serves as a good “go to.” If you’re in that frame of mind, you won’t have eater’s remorse.

Third, the whipped ricotta comes in a mini saucepan with crostinis on the side. Now, this dish is tiny, I should say, but you know what they say about small packages. Great things! This dish is great for snacking. The whipped ricotta spreads easily over the crostinis and the truffle honey adds just the right amount of sweetness and flavor without being too overpowering and coming across as a dessert.

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Fourth, the quiche. Containing butternut squash, mushroom, and caciocavallo cheese. The quiche comes with a generous side of arugula topped with shredded parmesan. The quiche was tasty and not overly eggy which I found I really liked. While not a traditional brunch item found on menus, it is a quirky alternative and not heavy like some quiches can be so you can still fit in a few cocktails.

Last but not least, the ricotta hotcakes. I was expecting one large hotcake in a skillet but was surprised when the dish came as a few mini pancakes (or as they’re known in Australia, pikelets). Flavorwise, you can definitely taste the zest of the lemon and the huckleberries on top are equal parts tangy with sweet. Topped off with a dressing of powdered sugar and berry juice, they’re the perfect end to your meal.

 

The Bitches say: four Champagne flutes. A special atmosphere and great service are the cherries on top of a well-executed meal with good cocktails. An iconic and photogenic location adds to the experience. The Bitches will be back.

 

Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Alex Gillies

NYC Associate Food Editor

A self-proclaimed "Southern Hemisphere Belle" originally from Melbourne, Australia who traded in flip flops for snow boots. She can often be found wandering the streets of New York listening to a podcast or tackling the city one diner, biscuit café, and Bloody Mary at a time.

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