Delicatessen, known for its take on “International Comfort Food”, is located in the Lower East Side. Because they don’t take reservations for brunch, we went at 10:30am right as the restaurant was opening. (Shout out to Richa for showing up first two months in a row!) The decor is modern and sleek, and I think it would be a great place to people watch in the summer when all of the glass walls are open onto the sidewalk.
The Bloody Mary at Delicatessen is known as the “Stacked Mary,” and it is definitely stacked. There’s celery, olives, cucumber, pickled vegetables, a lemon wedge, a shrimp, and a bacon salt rimmed glass. This is the kind of Bloody Mary that I envision people drink while tailgating at football games and create at those make-your-own Bloody Mary bars that I keep hearing about.
The vodka and Bloody Mary mixture was smooth, savory, and well seasoned. I happily crunched on the celery while waiting for our food to come out, and I dunked the shrimp into the drink halfway through to give it some flavor. While I didn’t eat the olives, I loved the “stacked” presentation of the drink and would have been disappointed if there were no olives.
For those of you who prefer a less savory brunch drink, Iris got the Prince Street Cider which had rum, apple cider, Domaine de Canton, lemon, and cinnamon. Although it didn’t look as pretty as the Stacked Mary, it was pretty good! It wasn’t too sweet or too cinnamon-y, so you could drink this year-round – it’s more like an alcoholic apple pie instead of a holiday cider.
As for the food, I would recommend the cheeseburger spring rolls and parmesan truffle fries. The Mac Lobsta was great if you’re a fan of lobster – they were very generous with the amount of lobster in the mac & cheese! (Richa says that Macbar next door is a sister restaurant which explains the long list of mac and cheese available on the menu.) I was more impressed with the sides and appetizers than the entree selection, so maybe this is more of a lunch place. While I might not be back for brunch again soon, I would definitely try their dinner menu soon.
The final verdict – the Stacked Mary is above average, but not the best that we’ve ever had. We ranked this above NoMad’s Traditional Mary and below ABC Cocina’s Sherry Mary; it’s in pretty good company, if I may say so myself.
Liquor Base: Vodka
Viscosity/Texture: Thin, but not watery
Spice: More tomato-y than spicy
Fixin’s: Shrimp, Celery, Cucumber, Lemon Wedge, Pickled Vegetables, Bacon-Salt Rim
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Delicatessen is located at 54 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012. http://www.delicatessennyc.com/