Crema

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Sometimes, you just need a good boozy brunch. But, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice good food for a bargain alcohol package. At Crema, in Chelsea, you can score a tasty meal and great drink deal.

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This Mexican restaurant focuses on authentic cuisine, but with a formal French presentation. For brunch, you can pick your entree, coffee or tea, and unlimited mimosas for just $21.95. 

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I ordered the Crema Omelet (three eggs, sautéed spinach, chipotle potatoes, onions, goat cheese). I’m pretty much an omelet connoisseur, and I’ll say, this was a great omelet. There was a generous amount of ingredients inside, flavorful, and that compliment one another. On the side, you get a little, adorable wire basket of their home fries. And, any home fries that don’t need ketchup are alright in my book. 

The Shorts:
Name: Crema 
Location: 111 West 17th Street
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Si.
Would I recommend it? Yup, drink up, buttercup. 

The Elm

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Yesterday I went for brunch at The Elm in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 

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The French restaurant is located down a flight of stairs in an open and spacious room with a modern aesthetic. In the back, you can see the open kitchen, one of my most favorite features in a restaurant. 

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To kick off the brunch, I ordered their Green Goblin (gin, green apple, cucumber). The juice is pressed, so you really taste the natural flavors of the apple and cucumber without any artificial added sweetness. It’s earthy, yet mild and surprisingly potent. 

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For my meal, I ordered Scottish Smoked Salmon (rye, pickled juniper berries, radish). This was so delicious. The dish has a simplistic yet complex approach, from the crisp little confections of radish and onion, to the silky creaminess of the cream cheese, with the wonderful smoked salmon and the thin and wafer-like rye chips. All the flavors were lovely and went together so nicely. I will say, the portions are a bit on the delicate side, but then again, that’s probably why France’s obesity rate is significantly lower than The States’. 

The Shorts:
Name: The Elm
Location: 160 North 12th Street, Brooklyn
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Absolutely, I’d love to go back to try their dinner menu.
Would I recommend it? Yes, and, once the weather warms up, visit Upper Elm, their rooftop, for cocktails and snacks.