Cuccina & Co
Grand Central, New York, NY
Review by SuSu, MaceVindaloo
We've been here before for the evening dinner for two, but this time, we had occasion to be in town for breakfast. New York is a town for "power breakfasts" meaning that's the time you use for meetings and gatherings before the start of the work day, but not in a social context. These are business meetings, and thus there are restaurants which actually are open for breakfast.
We discovered that Cuccina & Co actually had a good breakfast menu, too. In particular, we enjoyed the rosti potatoes, which are simply the best hash browns, ever! They're shredded potatoes, slow-roasted in butter on the stovetop, then flipped to cooke the other side. The crust is thick and crunchy, and the center is fall-apart soft. We'd eat this on it's own! It's included with most of the breakfasts (instead of the ubiquitous and greasy 'breakfast potatoes' one gets at diners and buffets), or you can order it à la carte. The salmon benedict featured two huge slices of smoked salmon under poached eggs and Hollandaise.
There is a daily frittata special, which is an open omelette covered with cheese, and it's served hot, with rosti and toast. By the way, the 7-grain toast is fantastic. One of us will actually have it wrapped to have for lunch or a snack later in the day, it's so tasty. Some don't care for it, but it's reminiscent of the New Zealand Vogel bread, if you're from that part of the world.
There is a pot of raspberry jam for you to put on the toast or English muffin, and the coffee is good, too. Other times, we've ordered oatmeal, which comes with brown sugar and cream, or a fruit salad, and the simpler fare was good, too. They also have a good fresh-squeezed orange juice.
The selections cost between $6 and $8 apiece; there are also "combination" breakfasts like "continental" or "health kick" which are an "all included" meal, depending on your preference. Just beware that the food is hearty and substantial, and unless you are hungry and into big breakfasts, you might have trouble finishing your food.
Our biggest gripe is that since this is a business/commuter location, it's not open on weekends for breakfast. If it was, we'd be coming for brunch a lot! But we should be grateful for a good work-day location.
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