No, 7A doesn’t stand for 7AM as referenced by my title. The name is derived from its corner location between 7th Street and Avenue A. What 7A excels at is the ability satisfy your craving for breakfast food, around the clock (except during dinner), year round. After all much like our constant excuse to commence happy hour, it’s also “7AM somewhere”.
7A Cafe has been in the alphabet city long before it was considered stylish to venture beyond the numbered avenues. With the gentrification of the 90s, the restaurant has become a gathering place of hipsters and trend setters. With the large airy windows, which are kept fully open in warmer months, you can even get a nice seat to do some people watching. There’re always interesting people walking by during brunch hours.
During brunch is when 7A excels. The prix-fixe brunch, complete with coffee and an alcoholic beverage (mimosa, bloody mary, screwdriver), is a great value at just under $15.
These aren’t skimpy little portions either, these are proper brunch entrees that’ll keep you powered for the rest of your weekend afternoon.
All the brunch classics you expect are found on the menu. From the well executed eggs benedict, to a hearty portion of chicken tenders and waffles.
The steak and eggs was a visually disappointing, with the comically thin steak. I understand the price of beef makes it difficult to keep steak on the menu, but I’d rather pay a $3-5 supplement for a real piece of beef.
The lobster quesadilla topped with guacamole was perhaps the most challenging dish on the menu, but was executed quite nicely especially with the tropical fruit salad on the side. At this price you won’t see any large chunks of lobster, but it’s there in modest portions, and it’s delicious.
A truly enjoyable brunch for around $20 after tip and tax, a solid option for brunch if you ever find yourself in the neighborhood.
Note: Need a very very good reason to be in the neighborhood? Volunteer at the soup kitchen every Saturday morning at The Father’s Heart Ministries, just a few blocks away. Pastor Vedral’s staff is really an inspiration. Each Saturday morning (except for the first Saturday of the month) they serve over 800 guests a hot meal and provides them with much needed sustenance for their week. There’re also ESL programs and prayer groups.
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109 Ave A
New York, NY 10009