Rustic brunch in the big apple!

On our recent trip to New York City with our good friends, we followed their lead on the final morning and headed to lower Manhattan for brunch before heading back home. They had eaten at a place called Rosemary’s in Greenwich Village and highly recommended it. They have pretty good palates too so how could we refuse? We haven’t been in this section of the city yet. We usually hang out around the Central Park area but have been meaning to visit the Greenwich Village area. After this brief visit, we’ll definitely be back.

Rosemary’s is located in the heart of Greenwich Village. It was fun just driving though this section to get there. Seeing all the different restaurants, cafes and shops, it wets your appetite for a longer visit next time we are in the city. Rosemary’s is a decent sized restaurant that also has a large rooftop garden. The garden supplies a lot of their herbs and produce. You can’t get much fresher than that. They also have a farm in the Hudson Valley area that supplies the rest of their crops.

When you first walk inside, you can’t help but notice all the natural light, due to the fact that there are large windows all along the restaurant. It’s nice and bright. The decor is rustic but tastefully done. There’s exposed beams overhead as well as brick and stonework. It’s ultra chic but with a warm, inviting overtone. We went for brunch and the place was already pretty busy. The staff were very friendly and sat us at a table right away.

We kept our order simple. I ordered the rigatoni, served with house-made sausage, broccoli rabe, fresno chili and parmigiana, and Eric ordered the lamb panini served with escarole and honey mint ricotta on a baguette. Both were fresh and delicious. Simple yet packed with flavor. The rigatoni had nice heat to it but the broccoli rabe neutralized it perfectly and added a nice earthy flavor to the dish. The lamb panini was juicy and paired beautifully with the honey mint ricotta. If brunch was this good, you have to wonder how dinner is here? We’ll have to come back to the village and find out!

Rosemary’s is definitely a well known neighborhood spot that’s filled with locals and visitors. It’s warm and friendly, the service is excellent and the food was spot on delicious. Be sure to give them a try if you’re ever in the Greenwich Village section of New York!

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