Perbacco--I had no idea this place was open for brunch, but after being informed of the 1.5 hr wait at Clinton St Baking Company (I don't care how good the pancakes are, I can go shopping and make my own in less time than that), we wandered around the East Village in search of food and landed here. I would go back for the whole wheat pasta with pesto, romano and roasted tomato. The bruch entrees were, suprisingly, a little boring. They made us a nice peach nectar bellini. Prices were quite reasonable.
Casa Mono--A great, celebratory meal here. The duck with the cured tuna, potatoes, shallots and truffle was the standout, as usual. The grilled guinea hen was also delicious--it tasted like it had been brined in something vinegary. The fig ice cream sundae dish with dessert wine was phenomenal. The server was quite knowledgable and opinionated about both the wine list (fairly compact and not particularly inexpensive) and the food.
Shimizu--We decided we needed some Sushi. Did omakase at the bar, and got a nice selection of very fancy and high quality fish. We did not really get a coherent dining experience, however, and the waitstaff was AWOL. I think I'd go back, but next time I will order myself.
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