Frankies 457

Perfect day for enjoying a leisurely lunch in the back garden of Frankies Spuntino.  

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The octupus salad with olives, capers had a citrusy tang to it.  Very Mediterranean.

BRAISED OCTOPUS WITH DANDELION GREENS & CASTELVETRANO VINAIGRETTE

BRAISED OCTOPUS WITH DANDELION GREENS & CASTELVETRANO VINAIGRETTE

Love the meatballs here! Super flavorful, not too densely packed, and covered in simple, fresh tomato sauce. 

MEATBALLS WITH PINE NUTS AND RAISINS

MEATBALLS WITH PINE NUTS AND RAISINS

The restaurant makes all its pasta in-house.  We had a hard time deciding which pasta to get. They all sounded yummy. We ended up with the Cavatelli with hot sausage & browned sage butter because it was the restaurant's most popular pasta dish. The hot sausage definitely gave the al dente pasta a nice kick. Maybe because we also ordered the Meatballs, the hot sausage pasta just felt a bit much. We should have ordered the Sweet Potato & Sage Ravioli instead. Next time! 

CAVETELLI WITH FAICCOS HOT SAUSAGE & BROWNED SAGE BUTTER

CAVETELLI WITH FAICCOS HOT SAUSAGE & BROWNED SAGE BUTTER

Frankies Spuntino
457 Court Street, Brooklyn
http://frankiesspuntino.com

Sweet Chick

Beautiful weather, weekend brunch, and Williamsburg go hand in hand. Judging from the line of people waiting outside the restaurant when we arrived at noon, I'd say I am not the only person who thinks so. Like most popular brunch spots, Sweet Chick doesn't take reservations for brunch.  We waited about 30 minutes for a shared table. 

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Of course we got the Chicken 'N Waffles.  I mean, the name of the dish is on the signage of the restaurant!  The chicken was very moist. The crispy skin has a hint of rosemary, which I really liked. The waffles were good, but could have been a bit crispier. The dish came with 3 different types of house-made butter: regular, rosemary, and strawberry; all very good. 

Drinks were served in mason jars. The Arnold Palmer, custom-made by Brooklyn Soda Work for the restaurant, was very tasty. Fresh-squeezed orange juice, which is a must for any good brunch, passed the test as well. 

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The meal is solid enough to warrant a return visit. (I've already got my eyes on a few other items on the menu…)

Sweet Chick
164 Bedford Avenue (@ North 8th Street)
http://sweetchicknyc.com

Juventino

Came here for a late brunch and had no problem getting a table. A friend who lives in the area said the place can get pretty busy during peak hours. 

The space gives off a casual farmhouse vibe, with the white washed wainscoting and simple wooden table and chairs. The bookcase wall behind the bar also adds to the charm. It's a very comfortable space to be in. There is also a small garden out back for alfresco dining. 

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The menu is extensive and has a Mexican bent. The waitress recommended the Lengua Y Papas, grass-fed beef tongue, potatoe hash with pumpkin seed mole, topped with eggs. The beef tongue sounds a bit strange, but potentially interesting... I thought, why not. This signature dish of theirs really didn't live up to its reputation. The eggs were quite good, but the beef tongues were cooked to a crisp and pretty flavorless. 

Lengua Y Papas

Lengua Y Papas

My friend's Chilaquiles was a much better choice.  The house-made tortillas were crispy and covered with a sweet and tangy guajillo mole sauce. 

Chilaquiles

Chilaquiles

We also got a side of polenta for the table. (No photo because I'm really not a fan of polenta and wasn't expecting much from it).  As it turned out, the polenta was flavorful and yummy and probably our favorite dish. 

Don't bother ordering desserts here. Both the bread pudding and the apple crisp were mediocre at best. Not worth the calories. 

Juventino
370 5th Avenue (Between 5th & 6th Street)
Park Slope, Brooklyn  
Juventinonyc.com

Verdict: BBB

Cafe Colette

Sunday brunch at Cafe Colette in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  Like most popular brunch places in the city, Cafe Colette does not take reservation for brunch, so the wait time can be anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour and a half.  

The service during brunch was a bit slow, but we didn't mind too much, as we were seated at one of the outdoor tables, where we could enjoy the beautiful Spring weather. 

Roasted Chicken Chilaquiles 

Roasted Chicken Chilaquiles 

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My chicken chilaquiles was quite good, but my friend didn't really love her frittata.  She did, however, love the brown sugared bacon!

Cafe Colette
79 Berry Street (@ North 9th St), Williamsburg
http://cafe-colette.com

Rating: A+