I spotted Trufa on my way to Tanto Dulce. There aren’t many decent options in this neighborhood, so I had my fingers crossed hoping this one would be a winner. The waitress greeted me warmly and closed the door when she noticed I was cold. As I waited for my pancakes to come, I made note of the aged brick walls and that there was more room in here than in Tanto. It was less homely, especially with pop music pumping through the speakers.
I was given raisin bread and spicy tomato sauce to start, which was good. I liked the sauce, but didn’t get enough to really know. The Buttermilk Pancakes w/ Vanilla Mascarpone ($7.50) were decent, but it’s hard to mess that one up. They were light, not at all greasy, and moderately firm. They could have been thicker, but for the price, I can’t complain.
Still hungry, and intrigued by the Spicy Fries ($2), I got an order of those. I think it’s this side order that will keep me coming back. Dusted with cayenne pepper, these fries were spot on on every factor. They were crispy, not burnt; soft inside, but not soggy; golden, but not greasy. I have to mention the exceptional service as well. The waitress was so nice, and really seemed to care. Can’t wait to come back for another lunch.
3431 Broadway (between 139th St & 140th St)
Manhattan, NY 10031