La Sirena

La Sirena is chef Mario Batali’s latest creation in New York since the world renown Eataly. You can find it gracefully perched up on the plaza level of the Maritime Hotel in Chelsea.

Upon entry, visitors are exposed to a vast marble bar that connects a casual dining experience with the formal. The décor plays off of ’60s architecture, with an ambiance containing walls clad in quartz and a floor composed of curvilinear pavers. Each step brings visitors closer to a wonderful Michelin-starred dining experience.

Interior_Bar
Tapas Bar, Photo: David A Palmieri
Interior
Tapas Bar, Photo: David A Palmieri

The menu at La Sirena offers a little bit for everybody.  This piece however focuses on brunch, which is both phenomenal and peaceful, unlike the more traditionally overcrowded experiences in the city. Interestingly enough, this is first time Mario Batali has taken a stab at breakfast in his life of culinary greatness. He does a wonderful job maintaining the Italian spirit of the restaurant while introducing subtleties of American culture.

“Since it’s in a hotel, and because we have this magnificent location, it will function as the piazza at the center of a small town…” -Mario Batali

The Amaretti Mascarpone Pancakes are a fan favorite, and one of the most incredible breakfast dishes in New York. The thin batter is cooked to perfection and sprinkled with crushed almond cookies, maple syrup and La Sirena butter.

Pancakes
Amaretti Mascarpone Pancakes, Photo: David A Palmieri
Avocado Toast
Avocado Toast, Photo: David A Palmieri

The Avocado Toast will make even the most experienced brunchers roar.  A Spanish style baked egg also makes its way onto the menu in the form of a Tortilla Espanola. Each bite is rich with flavorful chanterelles and topped with an arugula salad.

Baked Egg
Tortilla Espanola, Photo: David A Palmieri
Pork
Crispy Pork Belly, Photo: David A Palmieri

Crispy Pork Belly is definitely a standout item complimented by a poached egg, avocado, yellow tomato, saffron, and chimichurri.

The Italian Egg contains a carefully cooked carbonara arancini and a soft boiled egg. Don’t forget to enjoy the crispy bacon on the side with a tasteful mole dipping sauce. While you might typically enjoy a mimosa with brunch, step outside your comfort zone and order the Sirena Spritz – you won’t be disappointed!

Ball
Italian Egg, Photo: David A Palmieri
Bacon
Bacon w/ Carmen’s Mole, Photo: David A Palmieri
Spritzer
Sirena Spritz, Photo: David A Palmieri
Interior_Dining
Formal Dining Room, Photo: David A Palmieri

 

 

 

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