Whisk | Ukrainian Village/East Village | Burgers, Breakfast | Restaurant
Burgers and Mexican-influenced brunch in Ukrainian Village

Our Review

When chefs and brothers Rick and David Rodriguez decided to open a restaurant, they were inspired by Ron Swanson, the Parks and Recreation character with a deep love of breakfast food. Thus was born Whisk, which combines brunch, burgers, and breakfast for dinner, all with a Mexican spin. The restaurant opens early and serves a classic brunch menu—pancakes, omelets, hash, and Benedicts (on the weekends)—adding sandwiches, burgers, and salads to the options starting at 11 AM. After 5 PM they change to the burger-focused dinner menu, which retains a few breakfast dishes like steak and eggs, chicken and waffles, huevos rancheros, and chilaquiles (you can also order some of the burgers "breakfast style," replacing the bun with French toast or adding an egg, chorizo, and/or hollandaise). The burgers are excellent. The Horseshoe, served open face on Texas toast and topped with fries, jalapeños, and bacon bits, then slathered with pepper jack sauce, was cooked perfectly medium and the Angus beef was nicely seasoned. I also liked the combination of flavors in the chorizo burger, topped with pepper jack cheese, poblano-avocado spread, and pickled red onion. But the fries could have been fried harder—they weren't soggy, but they certainly weren't crispy. Nor were the chilaquiles, which did veer into the territory of sogginess. The 20-plus flavor options include for soda include grapefruit, chamomile, cardamom, butterscotch-root beer, and rose-elderflower-sparkling lemonade.

Julia Thiel

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