While I have long been a champion for the brunch of one of Midtown Manhattan’s most unlikely places (The Irish Rogue; a Hell’s Kitchen Bar) it happened that today, when I had supposed to meet a handful of friends for brunch, that there was some unlikely ‘cover charge’ for the privilege. At Irish Rogue there are often rugby games which happen at early hours in the morning (more serviceable for our European counterparts) and today was some extravaganza of a rugby tournament, so my wife and I were turned away. As we aborted the rest of the brunch mission with our friends, my wife and I moseyed uptown, with something of a pang in our heart and emptiness in our bellies.
As we sauntered up 9th Avenue, we came upon Ta Cocina; a favorite Mexican restaurant of ours for dinner. I have even written about Ta Cocina for Associated Content as the experience has always been pleasant. But here we were, faced with the long journey back to Brooklyn with only a few blocks separating us and our departure point; so we gave Ta Cocina for brunch a shot.
Some would argue that having favorites only soils the deal for you as you are never able to enjoy other experiences like Ta Cocina. While my admittedly myopic view of brunch in New York City are still something of set, the fact is that I’ve suffered though a number of really bad brunches by comparison to get to these few favorites.
However, Ta Cocina, in addition to being a favorite dinner place and bar is now a fast favorite for my brunch going endeavors. While the fare at Ta Cocina obviously leans towards the Latin end of the spectrum (as opposed to the burnt toast and haggis of a place like Rogue) this flavor lies deep in my roots.
Despite the fact that I’ve a German last name and an Irish mother, I’ve taken the name of my step father and I am indeed ½ Dominican. My former years found me at the Junction stop of the 7 Train visiting my grandparents who always tried to fill me with “platanos” and “aros con pollo.”
At Ta Cocina, I was bold enough to try Juevos Rancheros. Ask anyone who knows me and I’m not one who very often opts for new items. However this day I took a stab and was pleasantly rewarded. Juevos Rancheros was sunny side up eggs, over some pork amalgamation, served on a toasted tortilla, with cheese, beans, and rice. This one was outta the park.
My more daring wife also got something new; a breakfast burrito with eggs, cheese, refried beans, tomato, and jalapenos. For the fast drinker one of the best parts about Ta Cocina brunch is that you are allotted as many drinks from mimosas, sangria, margaritas, screwdriver, or Bloody Mary’s and you can stand in one hour for a mere five dollars. If you opt out of the drinking as I did then you are very welcome to enjoy their coffee or tea with no additional up charge.
All in all I still think I prefer the brunch at Irish Rogue but for something that’s just a little bit different from what’s ordinary, give Ta Cocina a shot!