Bottom Line: Quaint locale with great $20 brunch special, simple yet elegant presentation, and cultural heritage and appeal.
Food: The $20 brunch special gets you a main dish, a bread, a juice or cocktail, and a coffee or tea. The entrees are relatively standard - huevos rancheros, pancakes, eggs, etc. - but they are cooked with precision and presented with a minimalist touch. The bread is the real treat and I opted for the warm chocolate bread (yum!) over the home baked croissant, home baked muffin or baguette. Meals are also available a la carte, with a few additional options including mussels, but if you want a coffee and a cocktail, the special is the way to go.
Drinks: No special cocktail list, standard brunch drinks (which are included in the special) include: mimosa, champagne, bloody Mary, or Greyhound. You can also get iced coffee which isn't on the menu but is actually quite good and refreshing.
Atmosphere: The main dining room and side room have a casual, quaint and slightly rustic feel that is inviting as you walk in from the quiet, neighborhoody Cornelia street. The back dining room is slightly more formal and tends to be the last of the three to fill up with brunchers. Downstairs you'll find the restrooms as well as the stage where nightly performances take place, and throughout the restaurant the walls are lined with art that adds to its cultural appeal.
Cornelia Street Cafe: 29 Cornelia Street, 212.989.9319