Brunch at Coppelia

December has been pretty a crazy month for me: between the insanity at work (deadlines and being short-staffed is a really bad combination) and taking a trip (more to come on that in a future post), life has been a not-so-fun roller coaster ride. With so many commitments, it’s been hard to actually get anything done. One thing I did make time for was brunch with my friend (and former work colleague) T, who has taken a job on the West Coast and has been dividing her time between here and there the last few weeks as she is preparing to permanently move out to California.

We met last Sunday at Coppelia, a 24/7 Latin diner in Chelsea that’s been on my to-visit list for ages. One of her other friends, M, joined us as well and it was definitely much more merrier and interesting with three people in for food and conversation (sample topics of discussion: work, travels and how reality television makes one dumber).

Guacamole and Chips

Bread basket

Hash de Costilla

It was really hard to pin down our brunch order; everything on the menu looked delicious. In the end, we settled for some guacamole and chips, hot chocolate and sangria (for them; I passed and stuck with some nice hot mint tea), and some really good breakfast dishes. I also enjoyed the bread basket, which made a nice change from the standard toast, baguettes and croissants.

Alas, I didn’t take photos of everything and only have a picture of my own main course, the Hash de Costilla. It was a short rib hash with potatoes, red peppers and a fried egg. Pretty darn tasty. I wavered between that and about a half-dozen other dishes, which means I need to revisit so I can try everything else. And we were all so full that we had no room for any dessert course afterward.