Brunch—like twilight, sporks, skorts, friends with benefits, and so many other things that make life worth living—is not quite one thing and not quite another. Celebrate everyone’s favorite mutant mealtime with today’s Groupon to Lena’s Café and Confections in New Haven. Choose from the following options:
- For $22, you get a champagne brunch for two (up to a $41.90 value), which includes:
- Two brunch entrees (up to a $14.95 value each)
- Two glasses of champagne (a $6 value each)<p>
- For $39, you get a champagne brunch for four (up to an $83.80 value), which includes:
- Four brunch entrees (up to a $14.95 value each)
- Four glasses of champagne (a $6 value each)<p>
- For $10, you get $20 worth of European-influenced American breakfast or lunch fare.<p>
The epicurean alchemists at Lena’s Café and Confections assemble inventive and classic brunch dishes that mingle with rotating brunch specials on Saturdays and Sundays. Patrons imbibe a piping-hot cup of coffee or tea while waiting to plop down at tables supporting norwegian salmon or prosciutto-ham omelets. A Wake-Up platter bearing grilled new york strip steak, texas toast, and a ringing alarm clock lifts heavy eyelids, while brunchers clink their glasses of champagne to toast the mozzarella-stuffed belgian waffle festooned with fresh basil. Slices of golden challah french toast, sprinkled with chocolate chips, may conceal sweetened ricotta, and a toasted bagel with cream cheese and lox can tell no lies with its open face. Those who opt for the dining credit can fork into the fresh avocado and turkey sausage of a Gold Coast omelet or the light, fluffy french-toast soufflé—challah swirled with cinnamon and maple syrup and slathered in crème anglaise. Midday diners salivate at the sight of sesame-ginger-drizzled greens cushioning peppercorn-encrusted tuna, the feta and calamata olives of a european burger, or the background choir of Pavlovian bells.
Lena's Cafe and Confections
The large wheeled coffee cart at Lena's Cafe and Confections never actually goes anywhere, but it does make for a rustic centerpiece in the dining room, where visitors gather for homemade breakfast, brunch, and lunch. Each weekend, a lineup of brunch specials rotates, featuring items such as pecan-pie-stuffed french toast one week and a seafood omelet stuffed with lobster, crab, shrimp, and fresh veggies another. On weekdays, lunch does bring some specialty salads and veggie wraps, but for the most part, it's no less hearty—corned-beef reubens, meatball panini sliders, and half-pound burgers ensure an equal-opportunity work environment for takeout boxes.
873 Whally Ave.
New Haven, Connecticut 06515