Just two weeks into its new brunch, the River Seafood & Oyster Bar has already made changes to its menu. Prices has been lowered, and dishes have been tailored to the mutable wants of hungry patrons.
Short Order was invited to sample the revamped Sunday feast. Check out the pictures after the jump.
David Bracha thought an oversize wooden board topped with cheeses, pâtés, salads, croquettes, ceviche, and deviled eggs would be the main attraction for his brunch. He soon realized this offering -- originally priced at $90 and intended for groups of four to six -- might be a little intimidating.
Today, Bracha has lowered the price to $75 and designed it for a pair. The so-called smorgasbord is enough to feed two people without having to order anything else.
We wanted some diversity, so instead of the smorgasbord, we decided to try a couple of things off the menu.
The fire-roasted oysters ($12) dish with sofrito butter, manchego cheese, and chorizo is one of our new favorite brunch dishes. Four oysters are served per order, so be sure to get more than one -- they're worth the splurge. They're also part of the smorgasbord, in case that's more your thing.
Keep the oyster theme going with iced oysters ($18): Hama hama, Blue Point, and Well Fleet. All three were refreshing and bright. On the menu, there are also oyster shooters ($5) spiked with lemon-thyme vodka or bloody mary.
Speaking of blood marys, there's a "party never ends" special, which gets you unlimited marys or mimosas for $26. (It was originally priced at $30.) Still recuperating from the previous night's binge, we indulged in a michelada ($7).
This wasn't just any michelada, though. It was served with a colossal cube that had been frozen with a special bloody mary recipe -- Scotch bonnets, habaneros, black pepper, and tomato juice. The cube melts these flavors into the Stella Artois beer. Served with a bacon-caramel salt rim, this is a win in every way possible.
A chilled gazpacho ($5) is chunky and untraditional but packed with vibrancy in color and taste. You can add grilled shrimp for $14.
Options are plentiful in terms of entrées: steak 'n' eggs, fish 'n' grits, pancetta BLT, and mahi-mahi tacos. We took our server's advice and ordered the lobster omelet with chanterelle mushrooms and goat cheese ($24). Served with home fries, toast, and homemade jam, this dish leaves you completely satisfied. Want to take it to the next level? Slather Tabasco on your omelet.
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After salty and spicy dishes, you'll really want something sweet and decadent. The mascarpone stuffed-French toast ($12) is just right.
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