Rothko

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Another day in Sao Paulo, another brunch. Gotta optimize my opportunities. And this time, I was off to Rothko in Vila Madalena. There’s a solid hipster vibe here, low key and relaxed.

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The brunch menu is pretty consolidated, but they have a more extensive menu written across the bar chalkboard wall. But small menu or not, you’ll get some free popcorn served right up. And I do love popcorn. 

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For my entree, I ordered the Omelete com Home Fries e Salada. You get to choose your fillings, I went with peppers, onions and mushrooms. The Omelet is served atop a thick piece of brown toast, crisp around the edges, but softer and a bit soggier from the eggs in the middle. So, there were good and not so good parts to this meal. The food, overall, was pretty salty. I do like salt as a means to bring out the flavor of a dish, but, when something is too salty, it can easily taint it. The mushrooms, on the other hand, were really delicious, and maybe my favorite part was actually the potatoes. They were on the spicier side, which, I really like, but also surprised me since Brazilian cooking doesn’t usually include a lot of spice. 

The Shorts:
Name: Rothko
Location: Rua Wizard, 88 – Vila Madalena, São Paulo, Brazil
The Long and Short: Would I go back? I would, they’re lunch and dinner menu looked good, so, I would be open to trying something from there.
Would I recommend it? The neighborhood is great, almost reminding me of parts of Los Angeles, but based off my meal alone, I might go another route.  

East Wick

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In a neighborhood where there aren’t a bunch of new and exciting restaurants, East Wick has set up shop in between East Williamsburg and Bushwick in Brooklyn. 

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The restaurant itself is simply designed, but filled with grand, custom-made wooden benches by a local artist. And since it’s located on the corner, during the day, the natural light cheerfully floods in from the wrap-around windows. 

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I visited for brunch, and at a more than affordable $14, you get your entree, coffee or tea, and a brunch cocktail. I ordered their Green Omelette (spinach, chives, feta cheese, with roasted potatoes, market greens). The food was delicious. The greens were perfectly dressed with a wonderfully sweet vinaigrette, and the potatoes had a nice crispness to the skin and tender on the inside. The omelette was generous in size and the ingredients were liberally filled inside the eggs, making this a healthy and substantial meal.

The Shorts:
Name: East Wick
Location: 112 Graham Ave, Brooklyn
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure, the vibe is relaxed and inviting, and the food was great. 
Would I recommend it? Yes, and I’m sure this is a new and true neighborhood gem now for those who live in the area.