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I used to be the kind of person who’d wait 1.5 hours for brunch in the city, but as time goes on, my patience is waning and I.want.it.now! So when the brunch line at Clinton Street Baking Company was 2 hours (!) Thanksgiving weekend, my boyfriend and I instead went to Balaboosta, whose Mediterranean brunch menu I’ve been lusting over for about a month now.

What’s in it for you: Green eggs, scrambled and served with potato-yam rusti and feta, tomato and arugula salad; mozzarella, tomato, pesto and balsamic panini with mixed green salad; housemade granola served with seasonal fruit and Greek yogurt

What’s in it for them: Grilled spice rubbed skirt steak with patatas bravas and green salad; Tunisian sandwich made of tuna, hard boiled egg, pickled carrots, potato, olives, harissa, mixed green salad; grilled breakfast pizza with chorizo, fresh spinach, two sunny side eggs, piave cheese

{Earl grey tea to combat a blustery cold morning}

{Shakshouka, a spicy Morrocan stew with Swiss chard and topped with two poached eggs, but you can add merguez for an extra $2}

{Poached eggs on grilled challah with portobello, corn and fava bean fricasée, saffron aïoli and a mixed green salad on the side}

{Coconut brioche French toast stuffed with cream cheese and served with stewed strawberries}

So three entrees for two people. Either we eat a lot or the portions are tiny. The former is fairly accurate, but in this case, it was the latter. I loved how tasty the food was (especially the shakshouka), but it’s hard to get full with these portions. The poached egg on brioche was particularly small, which is unfortunate because with even just another half slice of bread, it’d be perfect.

I probably won’t venture back too often unless I’m looking for a light brunch because it’s too expensive for the amount of food you get, but French toast fans, my boyfriend said it was the best he’s ever had in the city.

Balaboosta
214 Mulberry St. (at Spring St.)
212.966.7366

6 to Spring St.

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