Thursday, May 1, 2008

Lounge 47 - A Groovy Brunch in LIC

Lounge 47 - 47-10 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101
7 Train to Vernon Blvd/Jackson Ave

Brunch is one of my favorite meals and I was excited to check out this casual spot in LIC--an untapped neighborhood for me. I learned about Lounge 47 from a fellow blogger Jon from EateryRow and what sold me was their endearing outdoor garden. It was unfortunate that the weather was too chilly for me to experience it, but I'll be sure to come back and enjoy some sun and more grub soon.

Lounge 47 is a funky, 70's era kind of place. The lamps are a bright orange color and the walls are pretty bold too, with brown and orange geometric wallpaper. The space is set up like a lounge in the front, with a comfy chaise, low tables and a nice bar; and like a restaurant in the back, with simple wooden tables and chairs. The back of the house leads to a quaint outdoor garden, which is rustic and colorful--it actually has trees and bushes, which a lot of so-called outdoor gardens in the area don't.

The clientele at Lounge is young and trendy. You'll notice hipsters wearing ultra cool clothes, chatting away happily over eggs and French Toast. I even saw some families with kids and they were cool too--the middle aged mom sitting just one table away had a hipper haircut than me! Overall, Lounge offers a chill vibe and is a pleasant hideaway on weekend mornings.

While the food satisfied me, it didn't wow me by any means. I'd call it solid and satisfactory but wouldn't rant and rave about it. Here's what we tried:

- These were my favorite part of the meal and they came out as a complimentary starter, in place of bread. It was obvious that the muffins were freshly baked--they were sweet, moist and a little crunchy on the outside--just the way I like 'em. Two varieties were served--corn and banana. And while the corn looked better, the banana muffin simply hit it out of the ballpark in terms of taste--it wasn't overly sweet and tasted so natural. You could sense that real fruit was used to create this lovely snack.

Huevos Rancheros
- Wow! This sounded absolutely amazing on the menu--eggs, tortilla chips, pico de gallo, jalapenos and avocado. What more could a girl ask for? I have to be honest though and say that I was a bit disappointed. The most surprising ingredient in this dish was the curry. I didn't dislike it and actually started enjoying it until it became overpowering and I didn't care for it anymore. There was also a problem with the avocado that was sliced on top of the eggs--it could've been cut thicker. The thin slices weren't hearty enough and seemed to melt into the eggs. Meh...

Spinach Egg white Omelet
- This was my cousin Vicky's dish. She enjoyed it and let me taste it. Again, good but not excellent. I thought that the eggs could've used more seasoning but she cleaned her plate and seemed satisfied.

A side note about the portions--they are generous and you get great value.

Dining Tip #1: Go for the burgers--they're pretty gnarly and even won a TimeOut New York award.

Dining Tip #2: Don't forget to try Lounge's signature Wasabi Deviled Eggs--talk about hot!

Service and Cost:
No complaints about the service, it was quite good. Our waitress was nice and unobtrusive. She gave us good recommendations and tips about each dish. For example she told me to get jalapenos on the side with my huevos--a smart choice considering that I probably would've passed out from all that heat.

Lounge offers great value for brunch. $13 will get you an entree, those delish mini-muffins, coffee and a morning cocktail. And if you do go for the burger and the Wasabi Delived Eggs, they'll cost you around $8.50-$11 and $3 respectively.

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