We were driving on East Houston, heading for the Williamsburg bridge, when we spotted Macondo 157 East Houston Street, New York, NY 10002. I was drawn in by the laid back, yet hip feel of the place so we decided on a spontaneous brunch there. I sat at the front bar facing into the restaurant, which I’ve decided is the ideal spot. You can forget the city right behind your back, and pretend you’re having brunch on vacation.

A portion of the brunch menu come with a free drink. I chose the light and refreshing Guanabana Mimosa.

Guanabana Mimosa

Lon chose the Mayan Chocolate. This was a luscious and milky hot chocolate with a hint of cinnamon.

Mayan Chocolate

Our waiter recommended the Chimichurri Chico, two tender short rib sandwiches with lightly panini pressed buns. There was a bit of sliced onions, peppers, and cabbage that I would have liked a little more of, but it was really delicious so I don’t want to complain.

Chimichurri Chico

The Yucca Fries were also carefully prepared, crisp outsides with a piping hot soft inside. The light mayo (with cilantro and lime) dipping sauce was perfect.

Yucca Fries 2

Our waiter also recommended the Chilaquiles, a wonderful plate of grilled chicken, tortillas with salsa verde, a runny fried egg, and a super light cream cheese. This is a Latin power breakfast, but not at all oily.

Chilaquiles with Chicken and Egg

The portions were pretty hefty for brunch and drinks were included. The Chimichurri Chico was $12 and the Chilaquiles $13. Seriously, this is one of the best brunch deals in NYC, for taste per cost, and you don’t even have to wait on line.

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