For those who still lament the loss of the Sunday brunch at La Coquina, take heart. The newly established brunch at California Grill may be the worthy replacement.
Like La Coquina, the fine dining restaurant in the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort that stopped serving in 2012, California Grill offers an elegant repast in a sumptuous setting at an extravagant cost.
I have a favorite little pizza joint — well, it used to be a favorite — in New York that was always a go-to for quick slice. It’s Joe’s Pizza on Carmine Street, between Bleecker Street and 6th Avenue. I felt smug that I had found it years before Jon Stewart did his now-famous pizza rant after watching video of Donald Trump take Sarah Palin out for some authentic New York pizza at the generally reviled Famous Famiglia Pizza. (Although it seems like it could be ripped from today’s headlines, the Daily Show segment, which included both polibrities eating their slices with a knife and fork, aired in June 2011.)
Anyway, the quality at Joe’s has waned a bit in the past few years. It’s still OK after a long walk down lower Broadway and a jaunt across Bleecker from the East Village, but it’s missing something.