By Dane Feldman
Photos by Dane Feldman.
In the midst of a sea of impressively hip restaurants on Frederick Douglass Boulevard sits Lido, a northern Italian bar and restaurant that boasts an average rating of four stars and attracts a diverse crowd.
Lido serves brunch, lunch, and dinner, and the menu consists of “organic and local” food “whenever possible,” as well as cruelty-free meat and poultry.
The brunch menu is quite extensive, and almost all items include a distinct Italian flair. After much mulling over the French toast (baked with berries, cream, and maple syrup), I wound up settling on the eggs benedict variation.
The eggs benedict variation consisted of Braised short rib hash atop an English muffin served with poached eggs and hollandaise. It was incredible. An order of short ribs is pretty high on my list of preferred dishes and so I was quite pleased to find a short ribs eggs benedict mash up. After all, I do order eggs benedict at most brunch outings.
I also was fortunate enough to taste my cohort’s egg panini: soft and gooey goat cheese, bacon, mayo, tomato, and egg in panini form served with a nice helping of mixed greens. That goat cheese and mayo combination was to die for and if I had ordered anything but the short rib hash, I might have been more than a little jealous.
For those uninterested in breakfast-style foods at brunch, Lido offers salad, a pizza tart, a prosciutto panini, pasta, and even steamed mussels.
In true New York fashion, brunch isn’t brunch if it isn’t bottomless and Lido’s certainly is. Like many establishments that offer bottomless, Lido’s offer is only good for two hours, but you won’t need that much time. Their bottomless mimosa ($15) is truly bottomless, so you’ll get plenty even in just an hour.
The bar and restaurant also serves coffee, lattes, cappuccinos, tea, soft drinks, Bloody Marys, and champagne. The place has a full bar that boasts an interesting cocktail menu as well as a substantial wine menu. So, if bottomless isn’t what you’re after, maybe an Aperol cocktail is in the spirit of Italy.
The service here is incredible. As I touched upon previously, it was practically impossible to drink a sip of my mimosa before it was refilled by our upbeat, friendly, and knowledgeable waitress.
Beyond that, the space itself is beautiful and rustic. The majority of the restaurant contains exposed brick, and natural light floods the big open space. Outdoor seating is offered, but it was just too hot when I dined here.
Lido is a real winner in the brunch game, but I can’t say I know too many people who have ventured to this part of Manhattan. Thankfully, Lido is situated right next to the B and C trains, so there are no excuses to check out this section of Harlem (and Lido, of course).