Friday, December 16, 2011

A Sad Brunch at Open Door Gastropub

This brunch was quite disappointing. Overall the food and drinks were subpar, and even though the service was great and the restaurant had a comfortable atmosphere, when the food doesn't cut it, I see the visit as a failed/wasted meal.

The bar is in the front of the restaurant.

And there's more booth seating and tables in the back area.

A free cocktail or juice is served with any brunch menu item. Unfortunately, my mimosa was forgettable, and my friend's bloody mary had too much horseradish and tabasco, making it far too spicy.

Crab Cake Benedict with home fries, $14. The crab cakes were too dense and did not taste fresh. The fruits looked canned and unappealing, so I didn't try them at all. The one decent part of this dish was the home fries, but I think they were ready on the plate before the crab cake benedict was, and therefore barely lukewarm by the time it arrived.

9 oz NY Strip Steak & Eggs with home fries, $17. The steak was very bland, and my friend found that the eggs were the only enjoyable part of the order. It is a sad thing when the eggs are the best part of Steak & Eggs.

Mac & Cheese with truffle, gruyere, and truffle oil, $14. Thank God we ordered this to share. It was a little on the bland side, but after sprinkling some salt over it, the dish really came alive! The truffle was strong and the gruyere was a nice addition.

I definitely don't plan on re-visiting Open Door Gastropub for brunch, but perhaps I'll make it back to try the dinner items at some point.

110 John Street (between Cliff Street & Pearl Street)
New York, NY 10038
Phone number: (212)608-0200

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