When I first moved to the city years ago, my eyes were opened to the world of brunch. Brunch is basically a holiday in NYC… every weekend! And so, years ago, I made it my job to scout out the BEST spots for a delicious and lively brunch, and that is how I found Cookshop, Five Points, and Hundred Acres. The restaurant group behind those names has absolutely made it’s mark on the NYC dining scene, and those restaurants are staple NYC dining establishments. The group recently added Rosie’s to its pack, and Vic’s has taken the place of Five Points. I just had the opportunity to go to Vic’ for lunch, and I’m happy to report it lived up to my high expectations. The restaurant still has the Five Points vibe for those of you who are fans of Vic’s predecessor, and the food is just as yummy…
To start, I highly recommend the Heirloom Carrots with dill, capers, and roasted shallots. I’m a huge fan of roasted carrots, and these were top notch. The most unique dish on the menu, which was also amazingly tasty, was the crispy sweet onions. Gluten-free friends, when was the last time you had gluten-free onion rings? If you can’t remember, head to Vic’s and try their unique take of the classic dish. Dusted with rice flour, dried tomato and parmigiana, these onion bites are a must-order. The corn is another popular order at Vic’s as are the cucumbers with chilis, and melon with radicchio. My friend and I also ordered the smoked arctic char and sable, which was gluten-free when you asked for NOBREAD. For main courses, the poached cod topped with pistachio bits and served over cannellini beans and lovage was very flavorful, and the grilled chicken and greens served with charred broccoli, lemon, and chili basil vinaigrette was awesome! It’s not often that I order chicken at a restaurant, but this dish is a must order.
Pizza, pasta, and sandwiches are an extensive portion of the menu; however, the restaurant doesn’t serve gluten-free alternatives. Not to worry! You’ll be so full after indulging in the appetizers, entrees, and contorni that you won’t feel as though you are missing out! As you may have guessed, Vic’s is popular for brunch; the frittata, baked eggs, and soft scrambled eggs are calling my name!