I shall start off my weekend brunch review by telling you about an oldy, but goody; Cafe Orlin.
Located on 41 St. Marks in the East Village you will almost always find a line outside on the weekends. If you happen to be me though, you skip right past those annoying lines and head straight inside to the bar. My seat happens to be the second to the right of the wall. If I turn my head to the left I can still see my bedhead and check for food in teeth, yet be far away enough so that if I were to turn abruptly my nose would not collide nor would the mere shock of seeing myself send me reeling off my bar stool.
When I sit down on my comfy perch I am promptly given a glass of water and my vanilla soy cappuccino is prepared. Did I mention sometimes they even give me the cappuccino free of charge? Yes, one of the perks of being a repeat customer. The cappuccino really does look like the picture above. Hmm, just looking at it is making me reminiscent of my favorite dish and actually the only one I have ever ordered. Why mess with perfection?
It is the customized organic egg white omelet with feta cheese, spinach and a few kalamata olives on top that add the perfect amount of saltiness. I order it with a side of wheat toast and it is also accompanied by a small salad of mixed greens with a shallot vinaigrette. You even get your greens in there! The whole thing is so scrumptiously delicious. I have never been let down and the quality of the service is always consistent. Some routines I prefer to stick to, though I have heard the brioche french toast is quite tempting!
I have also frequented the joint once or twice for dinner and both meals were consistently good. A stand out selection for me was the Halloumi cheese salad complete with tomato, cucumber, red onions and mixed greens in olive oil and lemon juice. Cafe Orlin serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. I suspect you would have a decent shot at getting a delectable meal from any one of those dining options, but I always prefer brunch.