Esperanto. Quintessentially East Village.
Brunch with the Buzzed Assassin today. Waited nearly an hour, but I was jonesing for some cheap huevos rancheros. And a bloody mary of course. And I was already on Avenue C. Only $10.99 for an entree, coffee and your choice of a mimosa or bloody. I hate to ruin the surprise, but I chose the bloody. Now I'll put it this way, think to yourself, what should a cheap, gritty, South-American influenced East Village bloody mary taste like? Well there you go. Spicy, strong, steeped in horseradish, and screw the garnish. The combination of Tabasco, horseradish and well vodka left my mouth on fire, and I'm convinced the splash of tomato juice was merely added for color. It wasn't fancy, but it was basically free. Perfect after a long night. So I'll give this bloody mary a solidout of 5 celery stalks. Better than a pre-bottled mix, but definitely not made with too much love, it was a quintessential East Village bloody mary.
Esperanto 145 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009. P: (212) 505-6559.