Brunching. Is. My. Absolute. Favorite.
- You can still have coffee without over caffeinating
- It is appropriate to have a mid-afternoon cocktail (or three?)
- The dishes are typically a nice mix of sweet and savory and relatively filling
For Christmas, my hubby gave me the best gift, dates with him. He pre-arranged monthly reservations from our neverending bucket list of restaurants. Each spot has a something a little special: a guest couple, new location or favorite cuisine.
First on the list, “Beat-Nick,” yes, he thought it was humorous that it had his first name in this specific context. More importantly, this spot was just steps away from our first apartment together, so it certainly meant so much more than just a place to dine. What used to be rundown clothing shop we passed on our daily commute was now revamped into an exotic dining area. UGH, we are moving back to West Town!
QUICK HISTORY LESSON
The actual definition of “beatnik,” is a person who participated in a social movement of the 1950s and early 1960s which stressed artistic self-expression and the rejection of the mores of conventional society. This is very similar to a hippie or boho, just refers more specifically to the beat music, literature, and poetry-loving culture. This is VERY important because it is the whole premise of how the menu and venue were crafted, well most of it. The food featured flavors from across the globe including Eastern Mediterranean, Asian, and Latin American influences as small dishes fit for an international dinner party. And while there are huge chandeliers that don’t really scream beat poetry, but it made the room look stunning.
time to feast: our Brunch picks
The full menu can be found here. And be sure to check out the gallery for some drool-worthy photos too. My date was a bit antsy to dive into the Shakshuka, can you see the half-eaten pita!?!