Food/Drinks: A $19.95 brunch special fills you to the brim with an entree, a non-alcoholic beverage, a glass of champagne, and most impressively, a platter of fresh pastries and fresh fruit.
The mushroom omelette (caramelized onions, fontina cheese and mushrooms served with home fries and toast) had some truffle oil drizzled on top and was so creamy and delicious.
The French toast was sweet – but not too sweet (I think I tasted a hint of ginger) – and filling! The amount of fresh berries on the side made syrup optional.
If you’re tired of mimosas and want to mix it up, The Galileo was our favorite drink – Champagne with a hint of strawberry – very light and refreshing. The Bellini was good as well but nothing to rave about. All of the food was very fresh – the fruit and pastries included. The apple puff and cheese pastries were especially good.
Atmosphere: The atmosphere is elegant without being stuffy. Indoors, you will be seated to the right of a large – and tempting – bakery full of delicious specialty treats, so you may want to save some room for dessert! Outdoors, you will be shielded from the sun with the large canopies – but not from the heat. Just order a nice drink to cool you down. The seating outside isn’t as formal, but the lanterns and greenery in front of the restaurant make for a pleasant outdoor scene.
Pasticceria Bruno: 1650 Hylan Boulevard, 718.987.5859