I recently had the best brunch at a great Italian spot in Flatiron, NYC! This area is filled with beautiful architecture, luxury buildings, and great restaurants, including one of my new favorite brunch spots: Trattoria Italienne!
This restaurant is not new, however in NYC with so much being offered, it’s new to me and I am happy I finally got a chance to check it out. Trattoria Italienne opened in 2016 by Chef Jared Sippel and General Manager James King. This spot offers a casual dining experience keeping true in Northern Italian and Southern French cuisine. Chef Sippel’s menu highlights the best products of the season and focuses on close relationships with purveyors to ensure optimum quality. The wine program also showcases regional specific wines to pair alongside the menu, providing an ‘old world’ dining experience!
The cocktail menu is also very creative here and seasonally inspired. I started brunch with a glass of Italian Sparkling Rosé while I enjoyed the Savory and Sweet Scones selection. The bacon and spring onion scone absolutely stole my heart, because I am more of a savory brunch eater and the scone was so perfectly made it was impossible not to love. After that, I had to try something sweet before my big meal and decided to tackle the Pain D’ Epice, which is a French four spice bread with milk jam and citrus marmalade. The wine went perfectly with these two brunch snacks and makes for a great aperitif and share-able appetizer if you’re with a group!
Up next, trying to be slightly healthier I dove into the Grilled Radicchio Salad with ortiz tuna conserva, hard cooked egg, and oregano vinaigrette. This was another winner, and was crunchy, flavorful, charred, and so incredibly delicious! If you’re into salads, get this… you will not be disappointed. Alongside my salad were two other amazing menu items including the Salsiccia with housemade duck sausage with montasio, potato and fried duck egg. This dish I had my eye on even before anyone recommended, and let me tell you; it’s worth every single bite! It’s warm and comforting, full of flavor, and texturally intriguing. Everything about this dish works!
As I started to slip into a food coma, there was one more dish I had to try. The Tortellini Carbonara, which is simply perfect with guanciale, egg, pecorino and black pepper. Served al dente with just enough sauce to cheese ratio, I couldn’t get enough of this one either. All of these brunch items are great for sharing, so if you’re indecisive like me, then you will want to make sure you bring friends and enjoy all of these sweet and savory dishes. As for the cocktails, once I was finished with my sparkling wine, I headed to the menu for a Sunnyside Cocktail made with kinahan’s 10 Irish whiskey, amaro nonino, ginger syrup, lemon, and allspice dram. It’s refreshing and not too heavy, which makes it easier to fit in more delicious food and dessert of course.
If you find you still have room after the meal, I suggest getting a Rye Brioche Sticky Bun with pecan caramel; it’s sinful, not overly sweet, and absolute perfection! Be sure to check out Trattoria Italienne for Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner. Located on 24th street, this NYC spot is one you simply can’t miss out on.