I live about a block and a half from this reasonably-new Williamsburg Italian place and eat there probably once a week.
They have a mostly new menu for Spring which includes a great seared duck breast and lots of new pastas.
But I'm posting to talk about Brunch, which I tried for the first time today. I think they just started doing brunch as I was the only person in the place at 11:45am (of course, converted to Williamsburg time, that's like 8am).
Anyway, it was really good. They have a $16.95 prix-fixe option that includes two courses, coffee and a bloody mary or mimosa (what, no bellini?). You can order any of the prix-fixe items a la carte and there is also a seperate breakfast menu with more options.
I went the prix-fixe route and started with roasted apsaragus with a just-right soft egg, shaved parmigiano reggiano and truffle oil. i'm not a fan of truffle oil (always tastes like chemicals to me) this was really good. The runny egg really brought it all together. it needed salt, though.
My second course was crab cakes with a fennel-orange-greens salad. I thought the salad was a little bland (needed salt or lemon juice or vinegar) but not bad. The crabcakes were very good, but a little more of the lime oil sprinkled around the plate would've been nice. There was a red-pepper and onion marmelade that tasted like sauted onions and peppers you'd find on a cheesesteak. Unnecessary. But overall very good.
It was tough choosing from the stuff on the menu so I'm anxious to go back. With every Williamsburg brunch spot packed to the gills, you'd do well to check out Aurora before people catch on.
I was too lazy to type the prices (cheapest item is the country bread at $4.50, most expensize is the steak or chicken at $11.95) but the Aurora brunch menu is as follows...
Zuppa del Giomo
soup of the day
Crespelle al Prosciutto
savory crepes with prosciutto, fontina, spinach and a mixed salad
Asparagi all Parmigiana
warm asparagus with a soft farm egg, shaved parmesan and truffle oil
Salmone all' Aneto
house-cured salmon, a warm potato cake, shallot & mustard creme fraiche with a mixed salad
Gnocchi al Gorgonzola
homemade potato dumplings with fresh spinach, tomatoes and gorngonzola
Manzo in Crosta con Uovo al Tartufo
salt-crusted steak with a poached egg, warm brioche, potatoes and a mixed salad
Polpettine di Granchio
maryland crabcakes, a fennel & orange carpaccio served with a red pepper & onion marmelade and lime dressing
Polenta with Sausages and wild mushrooms
Arrosto della Domenica
roast chicken with roasted vegetables, steamed broccoli and a yorkshire pudding
COLAZIONE (non prix-fixe breakfast menu)
Pane e Burro
warm country bread with butter, honey, marmalade or nutella
Torta di Pinoli e Polenta
pine nut and polenta cake with fruit compote
french toast brioche with maple syrup and fruit
Crepe di Nutella e Arancia
warm nutella crepes with pecan nuts and orange confit
Avena Calda con Frutta e Croccantini
bowl of oatmeal with granola, fruit compote and honey
Yogurt e Croccantini
bowl of yogurt with granola, fruit compote and honey
Uova a Piacere
choice of two eggs any style served with white beans, rosemary potatoes, grilled mushrooms and warm country bread
Uova agli Spinaci
eggs florentine served with sauteed baby spinach, yukon gold blinis and a tomato basil hollandaise sauce
Uova Strapazzate al Salmone
creamy scrambled eggs on a potato pancake with smoked salmon and a shallot mustard creme fraiche
Frittatina di Verdure
roasted vegetable and goat cheese frittata served with a mixed salad, rosemary potatoes and a warm tomato vinaigrette
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