Ginny's Supper Club Presents Lea DeLaria

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We are excited to announce a new Sunday Brunch series at Ginny’s Supper Club featuring jazz performances from acclaimed actress, comedian, Broadway star and jazz singer Lea DeLaria (@realleadelaria)An American comedian and actress most recently recognized for her role as “Big Boo” Black on the Netflix hit series Orange Is the New Black, DeLaria is also an acclaimed jazz musician. She was the first openly gay comic to appear on a late-night talk show with her 1993 appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show. She has appeared in numerous Broadway shows, a number of films including The First Wives Club and Edge Of Seventeen, and has released two comedy albums and five jazz albums.

During the performances, a Rooster Brunch Buffet will include favorites like Mac n’ Greens; Fried Yardbird with Mashed Potatoes; Chicken & Waffles; Deviled Eggs; Helga’s Meatballs and Migas with Truck Stop Potatoes.

Sunday Brunch with Lea DeLaria at Ginny's Supper Club

November 8 | December 13 | January 10

12:00PM and 1:30PM

Tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased on Ginny's website.

Recipe Remix: Cured Fish

bagels, lox, brunch, breakfast, recipe, Red Rooster Harlem Tradition and culture can be found in some  of the most unexpected places, this standing true for lox and other cured fish. What is seen as a traditional brunch menu item to some actually dates back to several different cultures and eras, yet it still gives us a delicious mash up of flavors and textures. When brunch comes around, a bagel and lox seems like the go to, but lox and other smoked fish can actually be used at dinner time as well, just ask Marcus who grew up eating smoked and cured fish in Sweden. As NPR: The Salt and The NY Times puts the spotlight on bagels and lox, transforming these items into a everyday meal, you can turn your next weekend gathering with a new delicious menu. Smoked fish like sable and trout, and accompaniments like capers, thinly sliced red onions, farmers market tomatoes, and other fresh produce are a great meal any time of the day.

Head to Red Rooster Harlem and dine on the Smoked Trout appetizer, served with herb salad, pumpernickel, and green goddess dressing, and check out these different ways to get you started on a great weekend brunch item:

New Rules Affecting Your Next Outdoor Brunch

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Dining alfresco is great for all times of the day whether it's reading the paper in the morning watching people scurry off to work, or enjoying a small bite late at night accompanied with a glass of wine to calm down from your hectic day. Sitting outdoors for brunch is the ultimate weekend joy, and now you can brunch outdoors, starting at 10am.

New rules are now in effect, as city restaurants legally open their outdoor seating areas at 10am. For the first time in four decades, the city has repealed a law that forbid restaurants to seat diners outdoors before noon, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article. This law dating as far back as 1971, has been followed and also overlooked in recent years. Although tickets have been issued to some restaurants who disobey this law, the ban before noon has caused a number of issues for restauranteurs including crowded streets due to diners waiting outside for inside tables, which then upsets neighbors in return.

Before this lift, many diners were not willing to wait till noon to brunch at their favorite restaurants, and although it is still illegal to serve alcohol before noon, there is a upside to these new rules. Allowing diners to be seated outside earlier attracts more customers to restaurants, which brings more revenue for the business.

Scene: LIDO Harlem

Within the last couple of years, the restaurant boom as hit Harlem, and I couldn't be happier.  Several restaurants have been popping up in Harlem including Red Rooster, ranging from beer gardens, French, and even African cuisine. My favorite global import and go-to restaurant for brunch, lunch, and dinner is LIDO Harlem, a Italian restaurant located on the corner of 117th and Fredrick Douglas Boulevard, conveniently named Harlem's "Restaurant Row".Opening a few years back, I have dined at LIDO and each time has been a true pleasure. My absolute favorite time to dine at LIDO is on a Saturday or Sunday for brunch, when the mimosas are flowing and stacks of hot blueberry pancakes are passing by. Reservations are not necessarily needed for this small restaurant, but the booming rise and popularity of this Italian hot spot and the welcoming friendly atmosphere, you should definitely reserve a table to avoid the wait.

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The brunch menu is far from ordinary and that's the great appeal. Executive Chef Serena Bass makes sure that you won't find the typical brunch scene here. What you will find, is white polenta with mushroom ragu, gnocchi with truffle butter, and fresh blueberry pancakes. These hits cover the delicious brunch menu, along with bottomless mimosas and specialty cocktails. One of my must have dishes at LIDO are the poached eggs with veal meatballs, fontina cheese and broccoli rabe. The eggs are always poached perfectly, and the crushed tomato sauce brings the meal together wonderfully. Dining al fresco or brunching inside the bright restaurant, you will see that diners and the staff alike, all naturally enjoy coming to LIDO.

Check out these other weekend brunch options.

LIDO Harlem

2168 Frederick Douglas Boulevard @117th street

New York, N.Y. 10026

646.490.8575

info@lidoharlem.com

Colonie: Bruijkleen for Brunch

Brunch service at Colonie, Bruijkleen Named in honor of the Dutch who first came to Bruijkleen (Brooklyn), Colonie is a pioneer for the new food frontier in the Brooklyn Heights food scene. Since their opening in 2011, Colonie has been dishing out fresh, local ingredients in simple yet exquisite ways. Not to mention the décor, which when done by Public and Double Crown vets, Tamer Hamawi, Emelie Kihlstrom and Elise Rosenberg, you know it's nothing short of perfection--from the rustic wood planked ceilings and living wall all the way down to the multi-purpose menu placemats.

Two years ago my boyfriend and I came to this Brooklyn Heights gem on one of our first brunch dates and quickly realized we were ruined to go anywhere else. From the bright smiles that greet you as you walk in the door to great dishes like the Seasonal Special shown above (even to the Beatles White Album meets Jay-Z's Black Album with a hint of Motown soundtrack), every detail is thought of and most of all, they make you feel at home.

Looking for more brunch ideas?

If it's your first time trying Colonie for brunch you must sit at the kitchen bar. You will be mesmerized by their synchronized movements and ability to time everything just right; especially in front of an audience. Start with their signature bloody mary that involves jalapeño, cilantro and sherry along with usual suspects. If you're looking to keep it booze-free try one of there many fresh squeezed/pressed juices like apple, grapefruit, orange and cucumber.

The magnificent array of eggs just about any way you like or anything topped with such makes this an egg lovers paradise: Eggs "benny" as they like to call out when the order comes in, ramp and gruyere scramble (seasonal and sometimes with leeks) and the naughty duck hash topped with a perfectly poached egg. Even for you brunchers of which eggs aren't your thing, there are plenty of sans egg options: comforting shrimp and grits, sweet and earthy beet salad with local ricotta and pomegranate, or maybe you'd like a Nordic delight of gravlax (cured salmon) with rosti and dill creme fraiche. For those of you with a sweet tooth there are delightful and airy doughnuts filled with rhubarb jam, Nutella, or salted caramel custard (oh my!). Or how about beautiful billowy pancakes or light and lovely french toast both served with seasonal fruit compote and whipped crème fraîche.

So if you are looking for a new spot to try this weekend, look no further, your brunch Mecca has arrived. They've got something for every taste, and a cure for any hangover. In fact, you can even order three entrees amongst two of you and no judgements will be passed. Trust me, this theory has been tested on several occasions. Not even a blink of an eye.

 

Kitchen Bar at Colonie

 

COLONIE, BRUIJKLEEN 127 ATLANTIC AVENUE BROOKLYN, NY (718) 855 - 7500 info@colonienyc.com