Basking in the mid-morning sun on the Upper West Side, Lalo Cafe is a welcome respite from the brisk 1st of March weather. Last year it snowed twice in April and this year, we just emerged from a snowstorm system that sat over NYC for all of Thursday and Friday. Yesterday and today have been full of the dripping sounds and the puddles growing deeper and browner at the street corners. Yet, outside the wind is still kicking up and it’s the perfect time to head indoors for a pleasant weekday brunch.
Arriving at about 11am, the place had a good number of diners filling the back seats – some lingering over coffee, tea or scones – others consulting guide books or language translators and deciding what point to jump off to next. I ordered the filling – and decadent – Belgian breakfast – consisting of a huge, fluffy Belgian waffle, fresh strawberries and whip cream piled high.
Aimee got the raspberry scone with clotted cream and marmalade. It came – oddly – with a julienned cucumber and olives. The marmalade was the definite star for me – it was prepared without the skins left in there so there was no bitter taste at all. The clotted cream was also a nice touch – and equally useful as, when placed first, held the crumbly scone together nicely with the marmalade.
The Belgian Breakfast:
The cranberry scone with clotted cream, marmalade and boiled scrambled eggs with herbs.
201 West 83rd Street (btwn. Amsterdam & Broadway)
New York, NY 10024
Tel.: (212) 496-6031