So, we are back to our favorite themed cafe, once again! (You can read my previous visits here: http://www.foodlovergirl.com/rue-la-rue-cafe/ and http://www.foodlovergirl.com/rue-la-rue-cafe-2/ ) Actually, this is for the last two visits combined. Since they have expanded their hours and menu, we wanted to try a few items that we haven’t tried yet.
Another new thing is that they now have outdoor seating! I like all the vivid colors of the furniture and plants, makes the place pop much more than just their golden gates.
And of course, they have something new everyday on their black chalkboard right by the door. It always makes me smile or chuckle. I mean, just look at the “Birth of Blanche” one!
And every time we come in, we find something new hanging on the wall. All very well lit with the light fixture that is the same type and design of a TV filming set. And if you have seen them all, you can still watch the Golden Girls show on the monitor, which is always fun.
For us, we discovered some new photos that have been added to the walls, including these artworks. The graphic art set of four, all depicting each character with their famous saying like “Many, many men” from Blanche, “Shady Pines, Ma!” from Dorothy, “Back in St. Olaf..” from Rose and “Picture it…” from Sophia. Super funny!
Andy they have more variety of sweets than before. I would like to try them all, and I am sure I will get to it slowly, as I will continue to visit this spot.
On one morning, we ordered Adult Mac & Cheese ($6.50) which was today’s special menu item. It is made with double smoked bacon. It came in a medium size bowl, a bit smaller than I thought it would be, but it was very rich and filling. It had a good amount of bacon in it, and was very flavorful. Cheesy, decadent, and very nicely seasoned.
We also ordered Blanche’s Little Balls of Sunshine Espressed Eggs (yes, it is a looong name), with bacon ($5.50). We also got Butter Croissant ($3). The Espressed Eggs area really interesting. It uses two eggs, and as the name suggests, it is made in espresso machine!!! This is how Rue McClanahan made her eggs since the 1970s. They make them with the steam wand on the espresso machine. The result is a really fluffy, airy, and very tasty eggs! It is cooked so nicely, not too hard, not too soft. The eggs without any extra add-in is $4.50. We added bacon bits which was additional $1.
The croissant is huge, as you can see. It was so buttery, flaky and awesome. I love croissant already, so I have happy with the size and quality. It was a perfect companion to the fluffy eggs.
On our second visit, we started with dessert. We ordered Vivian’s Buttery Coffee Cake ($3.75). I assume “Vivian” comes from Rue McClanahan’s role in Maude show, as this really is more of a tribute for Rue McClanahan than Golden Girls. I always liked coffee cake, and this one was pretty darn good! It certainly was buttery, and it was moist, fluffy and delicious. I love their desserts…
We also got Cappuccino ($3.75). This time, the coffee was extremely strong, so we added much more milk to it to make it a bit milder. Strong coffee is good, but not to the point it becomes too bitter.
For food, we got the Espressed Eggs again, since we really enjoyed at our previous visit. But this time, we added more ingredients. We added Feta Cheese ($0.50), Spinach ($0.75), and Sweet and Spicy Sausage Crumbles ($1), making our eggs to be total of $6.75.
The eggs were as good as it was before, and the add-ins of our choices were great! The combination of Feta and spinach were perfect together, and sausage was really juicy and flavorful. We absolutely loved it!
And the amount of add-ins that they put in there is awesome! Generous portion of everything, so I thought the price was justified completely. I still think most of the menu items here are very affordable, especially when you consider the quality and freshness of them.
And this time, instead of croissant, we went with their popular Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits ($4.75), served with strawberry butter. It comes with two biscuits, and they are good size. Not too big, not too small. They are fluffy and flaky, and it is really nice. I love homemade biscuits, especially when it is freshly baked out the oven.
The strawberry butter was amazing! It was super flavorful with lots of bits and pieces of real strawberries in it. It was really nice with the biscuits. It was almost like another kind of dessert. I see why people like this item.
I am glad to see they are doing well, since I want them to stay in business for a long time. I love the fun and happy atmosphere, good food and even better desserts. After so many visit, it continues to be our favorite Café in the city! I can’t wait to go back to try more of their food and desserts. Oh, and now they have added another great menu items: Wine Cocktails for each characters! They have Blanche’s Strawberry Lemonade Slushie, Rose’s Nordic Punch, The Spicy Dorothy and Sophia’s Sicilian Sangria. How fun are they??? I will be back to try these too in a near future!
Rue La Rue Café – 4394 Broadway, New York, NY 10040