We know that Deluxe has divine blueberry pancakes, but we at Bwog believe it’s time to diversify your dining portfolio. In our Brunch Chronicles, we will take our time and gladly overeat at leisure any time before 1 pm. In this latest addition, Bwog’s intrepid brunch warriors Brian Wagner and Sylvie Krekow checked out Il Cibreo on 113th and Broadway to discover whether a brunch by any other name would taste as sweet.
Venture inside Il Cibreo for brunch on a weekend, and you’ll be greeted by a meager single-sided one-page menu. However, if it’s past 10:30 am (Il Cibreo—like last night’s regrettable hookup—is an unfortunately late riser) and you really have a hankering to sit in a dark place with uncomfortable chairs and do brunch, then Il Cibreo may be the place for you! From the looks of it, nothing inside the restaurant is different from Campo. The outdoor seating was decent, but the interior was glum and desolate.
As far as food is concerned, Bwog’s review is a solid Meh, bordering on a Meh-. Nothing on the menu was particularly enticing (or Italian), so Bwog’s brunchers picked two standbys: blueberry pancakes and eggs Benedict. The eggs Benedict were of solidly mediocre quality with slightly over-poached eggs and a dubious substitution of prosciutto for the traditional Canadian bacon. The accompanying fries slightly boosted the overall quality. Zesty and topped with cheese and basil, with a hint of truffle oil, these were far and away Bwog’s favorite part of the meal.The blueberry pancakes were also subpar—typical pancakes with the odd blueberry mixed into the batter.
For dessert, Bwog, ignoring the fact that it was 11am, chose the chocolate cake. What appeared minutes later was an elegant (albeit small) chocolate lava cake. Excitement turned to alarm when, having downed half the cake, there was still no sign of molten chocolate. Beginning to panic, Bwog persevered, and a few nibbles later a tiny dribble of gooey chocolate oozed onto the plate. Your brunchers finished the cake with a feeling of dejection.
The bill ran $11 for each entree and $5 or so for dessert. Whether you consider these prices cheap, expected, or a tableside mugging with food included, Bwog says it’s probably not worth it. In the end, brunch at Il Cibreo is much like Bwog’s experience with the chocolate cake: looks alright from the outside, brings very little to the table, and leaves you feeling disappointed despite promising trickles of something more. With Deluxe, Community, and Le Monde on the same block, it’s challenging to come up with a reason to go to New Campo. Il Cibreo’s menu labels it as “A Place for Sharing,” and therefore Bwog encourages you to share your hard-earned dollars with a different Morningside locale.