A bottomless mimosa is a beautiful thing on a Sunday morning, but it could be just as lovely on a Wednesday. At least, that's what Chef Shlomi Biton was thinking while developing the menu for Mezetto, which opened on the Lower East Side this fall and offers brunch daily.
In addition to libations—in flavors like peach and passion fruit ($15)—Mezetto has a "new Mediterranean" menu, said Mr. Biton, who grew up in Israel. "It's my take on things I grew up with and things that are local and interesting."
Try the falafel buns—served like sliders in Asian-style steamed buns with a pickle salsa ($9). The dish is just one example of Mr. Biton's take on the classics. "Falafel is an Israeli landmark, but the pita is boring," he said.
Other small plates include the Mezetto trio with hummus, roasted eggplant baba ganoush and labane, a yogurt dip ($16) and butternut-squash risotto with pumpkin dust ($12). The grilled avocado salad with clementines ($12) makes a bright starter.
For more traditional brunch fare, try the eggs benedict with crispy pork belly ($13) or the green-eggs variety with kale and hollandaise made with harissa, a hot-chili oil ($11). The granola and yogurt ($9) is a lighter option and comes with a dried-fruit chutney.
Mezetto, 161 E. Houston St. near Allen Street; brunch served daily between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.; 212-933-4587.—V.L. Hendrickson
A version of this article appeared January 5, 2013, on page A18 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Dipping Into Classics.