Last night, Astoria’s Twittersphere burst with the news of Fatty’s Cafe’s official reopening. My Sunday plans immediately went out the door, particularly since the new spot is exactly 9 (Nine. N-I-N-E!) minutes from my doorstep. So instead of washing the loads of laundry beckoning for some attention or storing away the winter clothes taking over my closet, I headed over for their first brunch.
Tucked away on 28th Avenue and 45th Street, the location is light and cheerful. The menu stays true to its roots unchanged. I ordered my usual – the polenta cakes topped with provolone and a side of black beans. Gah, those slightly sweet, savory cornmeal cakes are just heaven every single time. Baalok also had his usual – the breakfast burrito. We ate and ate, leaving giddly content and happily waddling home in a food daze.
Although the opening is bittersweet, Fatty’s new spot is pretty awesome. The bright space is bathed in Caribbean blue paint with a pale yellow bar housing an eclectic bar tap made of a guitar amp and microphones. As always, the owners Fernando and Sue were gracious hosts, taking time to speak to everyone. Eventually there will also be an outdoor patio; they hope to have it open by summer. I can’t wait to go back.
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