ONE Preppy's PickDell'anima
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE IT
Harefield Road is a pub with a popular weekend brunch. It feels a little bit like a lodge with its exposed brick, wooden floor slats, and that customary bar grit. During this great weather, I always sit in the spacious back patio. It gets busy though. Be prepared for a cash-only policy, and arrive by 12:30.
What do you Eat here?
The $12 prix fixe, obviously. It includes one brunch entree, unlimited coffee and one brunch cocktail. I always order the Benedict.
What's your Drink?
I've gotta have my bubbles, lots of bubbles. The bloody Mary's are very popular too, and obviously there are plenty of microbrews available. Having a beer option is nice since most brunches only offer the classic brunch drinks.
Yana Gilbuena is a proud Greenpointer, the mastermind behind SALO (a Filipino pop-up quarterly dinner), and believes that brunch is the new church. She finds joy in discovering the perfect brunch spots for backyards, booze and benedicts. Her Sunday worship is at Harefield Road.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE IT?
Dell'anima has this unique balance of making me feel classy and like I am out to a nice meal, while still feeling relaxed. The restaurant is smaller than its counterparts L’Apicio and L’Artusi, which works when I am looking for a more of a cozy and intimate feel.
What do you eat?
I’m obsessed with the Dell’anima Scramble made with chorizo and shallots. I’ve ordered it every time (even when I go in swearing I will order something else). The pastas never disappoint, and I really enjoy the arugula salad with parmigiano & lemon too.
What's your drinks?
Mimosas because they are made with fresh squeezed orange juice. This maybe doesn’t sound like the biggest deal, but it just adds a little something to what can sometimes be seen as a monotonous brunch cocktail.
Dell'anima has a few tables outside the back, nestled on a quite cobblestone street. Sit there and it will be a relaxing brunch break from our noisy city.