If you haven't yet checked out Henri on Fifth, the new neighborhood spot on the corner of Fifth Avenue and First Street, you should make a point to get over there. The menu is a lot of fun, the food is solid and creative, the price is right, the cocktails are good, and it's clear that owner Binh Douglas, who lives nearby and has a long history in the hospitality industry industry, knows what he's doing.
The restaurant, which opened in January, has so far been opening at 4pm, but starting this Saturday it will be opening at 11am and serving brunch until 4. The menu, which is below (click a larger version) has a nice mix of salads and sandwiches, egg dishes, toasts, oatmeal, lemon ricotta pancakes, and banana French toast. The unique fusion of the dinner menu certainly carries over into this one; the breafast bao (bao buns stuffed with eggs, cheese, and bacon, duck prosciutto, or pancetta) sounds tasty, as do croque monsieur and madame; avocado toast with lemon zest, chile flakes, and garlic oil; and steel-cut oatmeal with coconut milk, chia seeds, coconut milk, and agave (top). The sriracha deviled eggs, a highlight of the dinner menu, also makes a welcome reappearance here. Drink options also sound quite intriguing; I can't think of any other restaurant that will serve you a magnum of sparkling wine with three mixers for $41.
The previous occupant of this space, Aperitivo, was consistently busy during the brunch rush even though the menu was decidedly nothing special. Henri appears to be primed to pick up right where Aperitivo left off, albeit with a far more intriguing menu.
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