I was on the fence about checking out Santina because I can no longer pretend I enjoy spending too much money for ok food just because I’m in Meatpacking. I wonder if I’m still even cool enough for this neighborhood. Oh well, that’s a discussion for another day…
But back to Santina. Whether or not I’m trendy enough for Meatpacking aside, that’s where my beau and I found ourselves recently because we were heading to the Warhol exhibit at the Whitney. We needed a brunch spot and, at noon, the wait was too long at Bubby’s (obviously) and we weren’t going to do a crazy bottle service party brunch. Santina is right next to the museum so the convenience factor was high, as was the credibility when I remembered it’s owned by the Major Food Group. These folks run Carbone, Parm, Dirty French, Sadelle’s, and more. They know what they’re doing.
Let’s start with the decor because first impressions always matter. Santina is nothing like the rest of the industrial Meatpacking area it inhabits. It’s colorful and airy. I am obsessed with the glass blown chandeliers. The photo above does not do them justice. And I loved seeing the ceramic dinnerware that brought me right back to our Amalfi Coast honeymoon.
I had mostly heard about Santina for supper, where seafood dishes are plentiful (it is supposed to be a coastal Italian restaurant, after all), but we were there for brunch after a night out so we were avoiding seafood. Instead, my beau got a frittata with mushrooms and zucchini and a side of sausage. I was happy to see the sausage was split lengthwise and grilled – it made it more exciting to eat than the standard breakfast sausage. Albert also lived his frittata, which he said was light but satisfying.