french toast @ palapa

Brunch at La Palapa – NYC

One weekend, I’d like to wake up and have a hot plate of fresh steaming tamales bursting with saucy chicken mole in the East Village. Unfortunately, that day’ll probably never come, but until then you have places like La Palapa…

where you can order Pan Frances Estilo Torrejas ($10), Mexican-style French toast made with bolillo bread in vanilla batter, piloncillo-cinnamon syrup, and sliced fruit. It’s more American and more decadent, but it’s the best way to eat dessert for breakfast.

huevos en chalupas @ la palapa

For something more savory, there’s the Huevos en Chalupas ($13), La Palapa’s take on an eggs Benedict made with corn masa cakes instead of an English muffin, guajillo chorizo instead of Canadian ham, and crema poblana instead of hollandaise. More flavorful than a classic eggs Benedict, and less heavy, it makes for a tastier, less coma-inducing meal.

pozole rojo @ la palapa

And for something more classic, there’s the Pozole Rojo ($8), chicken guajillo soup with hominy corn, served with fresh avocado, radishes, lime, and dried oregano on the side. The serving is a bit dainty, and could be served hotter, but it’s satisfying if filling a craving.

Simple, fresh Mexican breakfasts are hard to find in New York, but when you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

La Palapa
77 St. Marks Place (b/n 1st & 2nd; map)
New York, NY 10003

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  1. La Palapa

    Thanks! Great blog and your photos are gorgeous! Tamales con Mole Negro will be on the brunch specials – just let us know when you are coming and we will make them!

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