America's Best Brunches
Locanda Verde: New York City
This restaurant in Tribeca’s Greenwich Hotel has all the qualifications for generating buzz: a star chef (Andrew Carmellini), a celebrity backer (Robert De Niro), and an upscale-meets-casual design (exposed-brick walls, chalkboard menus, studded leather bar seats). But it’s the inspired seasonal Italian menu that keeps locals coming back for seconds. Plates teem with polenta waffles with mascarpone cheese, zucchini frittatas with roasted tomato, and pastries from renowned chef Karen DeMasco.
Standout Dish: Locanda’s signature ricotta cheese paired with truffle honey and burnt orange toast.
377 Greenwich St.; (212) 925-3797; locandaverdenyc.com; Saturdays and Sundays, accepts reservations