I went to Bruschetteria when my brother was in town. I wanted to take him to Inoteca, to show him some really excellent food, so he wouldn’t hate New York so much. But Inoteca had an hour and a half wait, so after aimlessly wandering around the east village for 20 minutes, we decided to look for another place.
Bruschetteria was only a couple streets away. We were led into a cramped dining area, which was adjacent to the open kitchen behind the cashier desk/winebar. It was hot inside, although the AC was on. We ordered a bottle of wine (somehow, we ended up getting a twist-off…) and four different types of bruschetta: goat cheese & truffle oil ($3.5); avocado, red onion, tomato, basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar ($3); fontina cheese & caramelized onion ($3) and finally, carrot, zucchini, roasted red pepper, artichoke, pine nuts, and olive oil ($3.25). As you can see, the prices are cheap.
Quick rundown: the food took about 40 minutes to come out and I’m not sure why, since the restaurant could only seat about 8 other people. The waiter and waitress were very nice, but very strange; the waitress’s wine-pouring technique was blatantly inept (I don’t usually notice people’s wine pouring techniques, ever), and I got the impression that both the waiter and waitress were in high school, since both interacting with them and watching them was an awkward experience.
When the food finally came, it wasn’t bad for the price, but it didn’t compare to the exquisiteness of Inoteca, which is just a few doors down the road. I thought the presentation of the food was off (does that caramelized onion and fontina cheese bruschetta look appetizing?) but it tasted okay. The avocado bruschetta tasted (and looked) like guacamole on toast, and yeah- they all tasted fine. But they all looked unappetizing, and that combined with the long wait time for the food, the awkwardness of the waitstaff, and the heat inside, made the whole experience less than satisfactory.
Bruschetteria is on 92 Rivington, New York, NY.