When I heard Chef Jose Garces was opening an outpost of Amada in NYC I was pretty excited. I've visited the original location in Philadelphia quite a few times and I love the lively atmosphere, the small plate menu and of course the incredible food.
This new spot tucked away in the corner of Brookfield Place in Battery Park City has a very similar feel inside with a big open kitchen, bright tiled walls and lively Spanish music playing overhead.
Since it was restaurant week I looked at the menu online and had my entire meal planned before even sitting down. However it seems they switched to a Restaurant Week brunch menu for Sundays instead which was a little annoying at first but then my basket of complementary brunch pastries arrived and I was a much happier lady.
A trio of flaky Pain au Choclat, sweet Banana Bread and a powdered sugar croissant studded with cranberries and strudel. This was a really nice way to kick off brunch and a surprise addition to the regular three course menu.
For appetizers delicious triangles of aged manchego cheese served with truffle lavender honey and a bright springy salad of shaved asparagus, avocado, green beans and fava beans.
Moving on to entrees the Soft Scrambled Eggs Piperade was incredible. The eggs were cooked perfect with a delicate tossing of onion and red peppers along with beautiful poached lobster meat and grilled bread topped with pancetta.
Brunch at Amada costs $29 on Sunday's during Restaurant Week until February 10th.
250 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10281