The other day my sister and I had the most amazing brunch at Barbuto, in the West Village…so good in fact, that it merits its own blog post. I’d actually never been too into the idea of an Italian place for brunch, but I heard great things about Barbuto brunch and wanted to give it a try. I am so happy that we did! To start, we had the bruschetta with ricotta, kumquat, herbs and pink peppercorns – so delicious. I think this might have been the first time I had a kumquat. It tasted like a less sour version of a lemon and added a really refreshing, bright flavor…also the bread was crispy and amazing.
The crespella (Italian pancake) was insane. It was like a mix between a crepe and a pancake – more substantial and flavorful than a crepe, and lighter than a pancake. Ughh so delicious!
My sister had the bucatini carbonara, and yes, it’s hard to go wrong with carbonara in any context, but this was an exceptional example. The pasta was so perfectly cooked and the sauce was creamy and flavorful…just amazing.
Barbuto is housed in a garage space, which is actually really nice because of how open and airy it feels. The walls of windows let in tons of light, and the whole place just has a laidback, neighborhood-y feel that is really nice to find in a New York City restaurant. Seriously cannot recommend Barbuto brunch enough and already can’t wait to go back for dinner! I’m also psyched to go back in the summer, when they open the garage doors and have outdoor seating.
Washington Street between Jane and West 12th