I went with a group of friends to Regional for brunch a few weeks back. They had been wanting to go there for their brunch special. Essentially, if you buy a mimosa or a bloody mary for $6, they will continually refill it so long as you are at brunch. Note though, apparently they only offer the bloody mary special on Saturdays. Sundays it is mimosas only. This particular Saturday, they were fairly busy, though I’ve walked by other times and it’s been a more manageable crowd. They do take reservations, so I recommend going that route if possible, just to avoid any issues. And, as is the norm for most, that all of your party is present prior to requesting to be seated.
Their menu is pretty varied for brunch. All of your more standard brunch categories are nicely represented – what I refer to as eggy and sweet carbs. They have a wide variety of egg options, all served with potatoes and ranging from $9-$11. Some of the more creative options include the grilled pizza with bechamel, pancetta, onion and pecorino romano topped with a fried egg and the spaghetti fritatta, which is filled with a Bolognese ragu and parmesean. Their sweet options range from $9-$10 and include pancakes (blueberry or plain), French toast, and granola with yogurt and fresh fruit.
Being an Italian restaurant though, they include in many of their other options – from pasta to their grilled sandwiches (press grilled on ciabatta bread) to even a burger – mostly ranging from $9-$12. Some of the more interesting options included the penne with smoked salmon and vodka sauce, the fettuccine in veal ragout, and the prosciutto grilled sandwich, prepared with mozzarella and an olive tapenade. I ultimately chose the marinated chicken breast grilled sandwich, which was served with eggplant and zucchini and a celery sauce. I’ll admit – I am not a fan of celery. In fact, I believe its soul purpose is to be mashed up in the midst of other (far superior) ingredients in stuffing/dressing and call it a day. However, it actually worked here. Perhaps because it’s ever so slightly salty. Whatever it was, it worked. The vegetables were very fresh and the bread, though crispy as is the norn for a panini style, managed to not cut up the corners of my mouth. I approve. It was accompanied by french fries and a small salad. Usually I opt for sweet over for savory, but I think I’d go savory here again when I return.
I was pleasantly surprised though to see they have all other sorts of notable specials. Monday night is pasta night. All of their pastas on the menu are $9 (dine-in only). Tuesday night they offer a prix fixe menu for $25, which includes an appetizer or salad, any pasta or entree, and a dessert. They also have happy hour from 5-7PM during weekdays, which includes $5 for house liquor mojitos, martinis, and house wines. And if you order a drink not on happy hour special, there’s even a coupon on their website for a free tapa!
Regional – 2607 Broadway (b/w 98/99th St) – 212.666.1915