Touting itself as a restaurant that offers a "French/Italian/Middle Eastern menu", I love that it represents just what the East Village is - a smorgasbord of things I like. But let me be clear - Virage is not fabulous and filled with glitterati, it's not the next up and coming posh spot, nor is the food all organic and locally sourced. But its me and I love it.
|Inside of Virage|
Upon entering, you get a feel of a great neighborhood spot. I love the straw backed chairs, cozy bar area in the back, the black and white checked floors, and the eclectic decoration. Plus, its packed! Clearly a neighborhood favorite!
|Scouting out my options...|
|Close-up of the Brunch menu|
After perusing the menu, its obvious the brunch prix fixe is the best choice! For $15, you get basket of bread and muffins (I <3 my carbs!), a brunch dish of your choice, coffee or tea, AND a drink!
|Bread and muffin basket mmmmm butter|
|My tea and strawberry mimosa!|
After ordering, our waitress quickly brought out our bread and muffin basket and drinks. The bread and muffin basket wasn't gourmet, but definitely tasty and appreciated as I hungrily waited for my entree. And my strawberry mimosa? It was just the way I like it - big and with a straw!
|Lobster and Eggs Benedict|
|Chorizo and Eggs....with bacon instead!|
|Shakshuka Moroccan Breakfast|
The winner and clear favorite of brunch, though, was the Shakshuka Moroccan Breakfast. Not sure if it’s because I haven’t been to many other French/Italian/Middle Eastern places for brunch, but I’ve never had a dish like this before! This dish is 3 eggs baked in a spiced tomato sauce and served with pita and tahini sauce on the side. Definitely worth coming and giving this off-the-beaten-path brunch dish a try!
If you happen to stop by Virage for brunch, make sure to keep a look out for me! I’ll be at the regular’s table enjoying my Shakshula Moroccan Breakfast and strawberry mimosa.
Piggy says Yes!
Thanks for reading – Piggy KK