Written by: Tyler Sminkey
I’m excited to introduce myself as the newest RandoContributor and also a major lover of food and drink. I’m especially a huge proponent of brunch and recently had a chance to try out the brunch menu at Novecento’s new Midtown location.
An Argentinian restaurant for brunch!? That’s right…and with the flair it adds to classic brunch dishes it’s no surprise that I’m still thinking about it!
Novecento has quite a history from its first location opening in New York City in 1991 to now having locations in 10 different cities throughout four different countries. While I had visited the Brickell location years ago, the new Midtown location is the perfect spot to stop and enjoy a mimosa (or two) and some delicious food between shopping and walking around the Midtown area. With seating both inside and out, you can choose an intimate booth or people watch under the shade of swaying palm trees. Novecento’s mantra is “mi casa es su casa” and that is completely true – the food is real and done well.
So let’s get down to the food. It’s hard not to love the classic Eggs Benedict, and Novecento has taken it to the next level with its “Novecento Benedict” – layered upon a toasted English muffin is the classic Canadian bacon, two perfectly poached eggs, creamy & tangy Hollandaise sauce plus grilled skirt steak cooked to your liking. This is what brunch has been missing – more meat. The steak was juicy and just what you want for scooping up that extra Hollandaise sauce on the plate, plus the generous serving of crispy French fries with sea salt made for a great midday meal.
Of course, it wouldn’t be brunch without a mimosa, and they’ve got options! It’s hard to go wrong with the classic Mimosa, but they also have other brunch cocktails like the Bellini mixed with peach juice and the Kir Royal with cassis liquor. Mimosas are just $7 each. I also saw bloody mary’s being enjoyed a couple tables down and they looked spicy & divine.
An omelette is sometimes just what you need to hit the spot and Novecento’s Smoked Salmon Omelette is rich and flavorful – stuffed with plenty of flaked smoked salmon, the three egg fluffy omelette is also filled with slices of asparagus and tangy goat cheese. The plate is completed by those wonderful French fries and a large oven roasted tomato with herbs. Other omelette selections include the Heart & Healthy: with three egg whites, sautéed peppers, spinach and feta cheese and comes with a side kale salad. There’s also an option to create your own omelette, with toppings of your choice.
Being that it was Sunday morning and I could smell the other amazing menu items, I turned to the lunch menu quickly and just had to taste test their empanadas. I’m glad I did and recommend you do the same. Select from beef, chicken, spinach & cheese and ham & cheese. Each and every one was absolutely flawless wrapped in its golden crust. The beef version, Empanadas Novecento, had juicy marinated cubes of beef, while the ham was gooey cheesy goodness with slices of ham. These are a great option to share as an appetizer.
Last but not least, I’m not typically a dessert person (I know, I know...) but when it’s brunch you need to be a little decadent. Order the Panqueques con dulce de leche y helado. Just do it. Warm crepes are stuffed with hot dulce de leche, rolled and then bruleed with sugar for an amazing crispy texture! A scoop of cool vanilla ice cream and some fresh whipped cream are a heavenly accent to this indulgent dessert.
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