Brunch at Phebe’s Tavern & Grill – East Village
I’ve been on a working out binge lately (mostly to counteract all the steak I ate in Buenos Aires) and thankfully my friend Hamid, a fitness expert, is helping me by training me once a week. Last week, we met at a gym downtown and after I felt like I did 5,000 squats we rushed out to grab some food. Originally, we wanted to go to Peels but the wait was long as expected (it was a Sunday after all). Since he had another client in less than an hour, we decided to just go with whatever was fastest, and that happened to be Phebe’s Tavern & Grill. Probably not the best of ideas.
The hostess may have just broke up with her boyfriend or something — she was not really in a smiling mood at all. We sat down and quickly ordered scrambled breakfast egg burritos. A football game was on and everyone was all decked out in their Bengals gear (I found out later that Phebe’s is like Bengals mecca in NYC). Their cheering was more like roars that made it quickly clear that if you weren’t going to be watching a game here, you probably shouldn’t eat here.
We asked if they could put a rush in the order, and I don’t know if it’s because we were in a hurry, but it felt like an eternity. All was forgiven (we thought) once our food came out. Our plate was practically overflowing with seasoned homefries, guacamole, salsa, and fruits. While the sides were great, it didn’t take us long to find the eggs to be disappointing.
The main source of blah came from the watery consistency of the eggs. Our burritos were literally dripping with watery sauce (salsa?) and we couldn’t figure out why it was so mushy. I had to just open my burrito up and smother it with guacamole. The price wasn’t bad — $11 for the meal. But I found out later that comes with a complimentary beverage (coffee, tea, juice, beer) that we weren’t even offered. It’s a shame because there are so many great places in the area. Lesson learned: Next time, we’re planning ahead!
Phebe’s Tavern & Grill
New York, NY 10003
at E. 4th St.
Occasion: Post-workout fuel
(Out of three stars)
Would I go back?: No. But if you’re a Bengals fan, by all means.
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