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Pagani Restaurant in the West Village of New York City is offering a pretty sweet brunch deal in honor of their one year anniversary. This gem of an Italian restaurant is serving up dishes that appeal to the likes of many customers.
You can get any brunch dish, a homemade whole wheat biscuit (served with delicious honey butter) and a brunch cocktail for just $19.11… a pure bargain for a complete meal in Manhattan. Brunch dishes range from classics like organic-egg omelets (served with a house salad), cinnamon Challah french toast or steel cut oats, to authentic Italian dishes like fettucine carbonara and rigatoni bolognese. They also serve up some trendier menu items such as a kale salad (with endive and pine nuts), a pancetta BLT or gluten-free banana pancakes. Plus, their bloodies & mimosas are only $2.89 should you need another round.
My choice of an omelet made with spinach, asparagus and goat cheese was the most perfect omelet I’ve ordered from a restaurant. The asparagus was chopped to a length that made eating the vegetable easy and less awkward (no slurping down large pieces of asparagus here), and the goat cheese was melted just right and was not overly salty. But the winner of the meal was the whole wheat biscuit. Slightly warm, the sweet butter it was served with spread on smooth and complimented the subtle, wheat taste. I’m no expert on biscuits, but one might expect a whole wheat biscuit to be quite dense and heavy. Pagani’s biscuits are neither. They are soft and chewy and paired perfectly with an order of eggs.
Why specifically nineteen dollars and eleven cents? 1911 is significant for this restaurant. It was the year the Pagani brothers opened their music store in the current restaurant location at 289 Bleecker Street. The store, called O. Pagani Music Store, sold instruments and victrolas, and was a hub for musicians and artists in the West Village. Pagani aims to preserve these musical roots in many aspects of the restaurant, from the decor to certain cocktail names! Some brunch cocktails include the Victrola and the Nipper, references that true music enthusiasts would understand and appreciate.
The decor of the restaurant is cozy and the atmosphere somewhat lively, with many large groups dining at the long tables, and a few couples sitting at the high-tops. We dined in the somewhat secluded alcove in the back of the restaurant, which offered some privacy for our large brunch party. The staff was also very attentive, and was not a beat behind in refilling our mimosas and Bloody Mary’s.
Pagani offers this brunch special every Saturday and Sunday until 3:30pm. The food was absolutely delicious, and the drinks were not short. This brunch gets five stars for being boozy, tasty and for being such a bargain. Try to find another brunch special in NYC under $20. There are not many contenders, at least not many which can satisfy the taste buds as well as Pagani.
A tasty menu and a prime location on Bleeker Street, Pagani Restaurant makes a great Sunday brunch option in New York City.