When we're in need of a centrally located East Village Brunch spot, Cafe Orlin is always in our back pocket. The food is consistently good - both satisfying and affordable. While there usually appears to be a crowd, the waits are never terribly long. Unlike most brunch favorites, Orlin has plenty of tables. Having lived in the neighborhood for several years, I've spent plenty of hungover mornings here scarfing down poached eggs and french toast. Its vegetarian friendly menu is fun for the whole clan, and it's one of the better restaurants this city has to offer that's open 24 hours for quality late night eats.
I don't do veggie burgers, but my better half is quite the aficionado and she and her friends have been freaking out over this one since they were in college at NYU over a decade ago. It must be good.
My personal go-to here: eggs over easy served atop spicy peppers and tomatoes with home fries and pita. If you love peppers in your eggs, this is your dream dish. If not, this ain't for you.
Cafe Orlin poaches a damn fine egg. My two favorites are both listed under the brunch specials: Eggs Blackstone and Eggs Florentine. The Blackstone is bacon, sautéed tomatoes, poached eggs and hollandaise. The Florentine is sautéed spinach, poached eggs, and hollandaise. They're both great, and the hollandaise sauce is spot on.
Not my favorite French toast, but it gets the job done. I've had experiences here where it comes out a little dry and overcooked, so I tend to skip this and focus on the eggs.
A fixture on their brunch, lunch, and dinner menu, this fan favorite is a scrumptious combination of portobello mushrooms, spinach, and sun dried tomato puree on baguette.
I'm not the hummus expert around these parts, that title goes to Stang. Kid actually bottles his own secret recipe around Christmas and gives them out to his favorite people. Be nice and you might get some this year. Anyway, the Cafe Orlin hummus is damn good.
All the salads here are good, but this is the consensus favorite. The goat cheese medallions are quite tasty and the toasted walnuts taste like candy.