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This Mediterranean Eatery Was Inspired By A Peruvian Myth
Alyssa Brown
byAlyssa Brown

Selecting a spot to have brunch in New York is always a daunting task with so many options available. But if it’s a chic setting and an incredibly delicious menu you’re after, Café Medi is a must. Located in the Lower East Side’s Hotel on Rivington, this coastal Mediterranean restaurant is at the top of our brunch bucket list. 

The best thing on the menu? Possibly the summer peaches with burrata and prosciutto served alongside a glass of rosé... But we'll let you be the judge of that.


Photos: Café Medi

Fit for a Fete

With high ceilings, great natural light and various bars and spaces, Café Medi is an easy place to host a bridal shower, baby shower, birthday brunch, or simply a small gathering of friends. The terrace sits about 22 guests, while the main dining area is suited for about 90 guests. The space is modern but has a real familial quality to it that’ll have your friends feeling right at home from the moment they walk in the door.


Mediterranean Menu

Half the fun of summertime brunching is being able to order a ton of different types of food to share with your friends, and the menu at Medi is perfect for that. Order oysters and ceviche from the crudo bar, and follow it up with a summery blood orange, pistachio, feta and baby lettuce salad. Or, if you’re feeling more traditional with your brunch bites, try the banana buttermilk pancakes or the sunny side eggs with burrata and speck. Nom!


Photos: heydavina | aliceyuensnaps | Alyssa Chen | Chapter R Interiors

Peruvian Gods Dance Overhead

A Spanish artist painted the Peruvian Gods that gaze down at restaurant guests as they nosh on their brunch. The colorful blue hues and emphasis on interaction with animals give a whimsical feel to the space while telling a visually interesting story. The colorful space is a gorgeous place to spend an afternoon sipping on well-deserved weekend cocktails.


The Hotel on Rivington

The Hotel on Rivington serves as home to Café Medi and the rooms here are simply stunning. With sweeping views of the city streets below, these suites will make you feel like you’re living in a New York palace. If you’re really serious about that brunch life, spend a night in one of the suites to prepare for an indulgent, relaxing and fun brunch at Café Medi.



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