Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Lawman and I decided to check out Downtown Atlantic a couple of Sundays ago. I'd heard that they had a good brunch and the restaurant was on our way into Manhattan for some Christmas shopping, but I have to admit that I was mostly lured by the promise of trying out their cupcakes...
When we arrived their window was stocked with a charming assortment of chocolate, vanilla and coconut cupcakes that were about the size of a Crumbs cupcake but clocked in at $2.50 rather than $3.50.
I pondered and ogled while Lawman secured a table. And as much as I wanted to stuff my face with all of their various cupcake permutations, I opted to start with real brunch settling on splitting the Downtown Eggs Atlantic and the Fancy Eggs with Buttermilk Biscuits and Southern Gravy with Lawman.
The Downtown Eggs Atlantic--basically eggs Benedict with smoked salmon--was delicious and at $9, quite reasonably priced for a Brooklyn brunch.
The biscuits and gravy were ok, but nothing special. They were somewhat more appetizing than they appear in this photo, I wouldn't bother ordering them again. Overall the portions were more than plentiful. Definitely more than I could comfortably finish, especially after chowing down on the delicious complimentary carrot bread.
I'm pretty much a sucker for a complimentary anything and this bread was just perfect. Moist and dense, but not too dense. Sweet but not too sweet. Really, really good. And no nuts! Huzzah!
By the time Lawman and I worked our way through the carrot bread and the two entrees we were beyond stuffed. No room for a cupcake taste off, but we did score one for the road. After some deliberation I went for the chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting.
I'd give them high marks for the cake which was moist and chocolatey. I'm still not sure what I make of the frosting. It was very buttery and subtly vanilla--I wouldn't have minded a hint more vanilla flavoring. I think my main issue was the texture. I would have liked the frosting to have been a little lighter and fluffier as it was the frosting was rather like a dense buttery mass. Definitely better than the Cupcake Cafe's frosting--which while gorgeous, tastes like a stick of butter with food coloring--but I can't say it's a frosting that I'll crave.
Overall the brunch was a good deal and the cupcakes certainly are generously portioned for the price. I hope to make a return trip to try out the chocolate and red velvet ones.
364 Atlantic Ave
between Bond Street & Hoyt Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217