Nov 10 2008
The menu featured brunch items all around $10 that came with a brunch cocktail + coffee or tea. It was cash only and we certainly had to ask what some dishes were (remember, French-Caribbean brunch). I had the omelet of the day (swiss cheese and mushrooms accompanied by flavorful potatoes and a little salad with mustard vinaigrette). Andy had the baked eggs (a casserole dish filled with baked eggs, a zucchini-like vegetable, ham) which he loved. I was amazed at how good my simple omelet was- fresh herbs, marinated mushrooms, and a healthy portion of hot, melted cheese. It certainly exceeded my expectations. I also was impressed by the “rasberrini” brunch cocktail (champagne with raspberry puree), and the mango version of the champagne cocktail was also tropical and delicious. Andy had a bloody mary, but asked for hot sauce to kick it up a notch. He was given traditional tabasco, but also a home-made hot sauce that beat any bottled sauce I ever tried. It had serious heat and was made from yellow peppers (it looked like a yellow pepper relish, but it surely was more spicy than sweet). I had to devour a couple of pieces of the steaming hot french bread after a fork full of the hot sauce. Even though Arcane is not an all-you-can-drink brunch spot (drawing a packed house like Sunburt Cow), you could make your own boozy brunch at Arcane for a very reasonable price. My under $10 omelet included one brunch cocktail and all additional cocktails were only $4.
We were so impressed with Arcane’s food that we asked to see a dinner menu. We will certainly be back for the conch stew (reminding us of our days in Turks & Caicos) and the jasmine rice. I love a taste of the islands as the New York brisk fall/winter weather sets in, so I am very much looking forward to my next meal at Arcane.