Monument Lane is a true farm to table restaurant, and is a popular watering hole for West Village locals. The interior speaks to colonial New York. The restaurant's name is actually the name of a dirt road that was in Greenwich Avenue's place until the Revolutionary War. While you soak up the history you can also soak up the sun at a prime outdoor table in their sidewalk seating area. The vantage point provides great West Village people watching, too.
What to Eat
There's plenty on the menu to keep everyone in your party happy. Critic's picks include the Heritage Pork Benedict with Poached Eggs, Crispy Head Cheese (which is actually a jellied meat), Braised Greens, Skillet Fries and a Sage Hollandaise, as well as the Ham Hash. The Ham Hash has Heirloom Root Vegetables mixed in which gives the dish a unique and healthy feel.
What to Drink
Order the Scythe and Sickle. It tastes just like a Creamsicle and it's made with vodka, kumquat shrub, Aperol, lemon and Liquor 43. If that's not your style, you cannot go wrong with the Bacon Bourbon bloody Mary made with pickled capers, mustard, dill, house bacon and bacon salt.
Brunch reservations are accepted.
Pagani is a modern Italian restaurant. To celebrate their first year in business, Pagani is offering a brunch prix fixe and drinks that are cheap as hell. The interior is modern, but small touches harken back to the old days-- the placement of old school suitcases, vases and an authentic Victrola. Pagani is named after the Pagani Music Store that used to be in the space in the early 1900's. The Pagani Building became a magnet for musicians that lived in the artistic enclaves around Bleecker Street at that time.
What to Eat
In honor of the Pagani Bros Music Store that opened in 1911, Pagani is offering a $19.11 brunch prix fixe. For that you'll receive a brunch entree, a home made biscuit and a brunch cocktail. Skip the pancakes but opt for the Spinach Cup Baked Eggs with Eggplant Caponata, Parmigiano and a Toasted Baguette. (Basically it's like a poached egg with a really good Ratatouille.) If you want something lunchie and healthy, the Shredded Kale Salad with Currants, Endive, Pine nuts, Lemon and Parmigiano is very good as well.
What to Drink
Since the restaurant is located at 289 Bleecker Street, the Pagani team decided to offer additional Bloodies and Mimosas for $2.89. Heck, why not! I've written about $4 drinks at restaurant B4 in the past, but Pagani wins on the wallet.
Brunch reservations are accepted. Large groups can inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org.