At the end of next month, Bacaro will be celebrating its eighth anniversary on the Lower East Side, but the owners of the cozy Venetian spot at 136 Division St. still have a few tricks up their sleeves. A few weeks ago, they started Sunday brunch.
Some old favorites from the dinner menu make a daytime appearance, including baccala (creamed codfish with polenta), pollo alla milanese (fried chicken) and crab salad over polenta. But there are some new additions, such as baked sausage with cannellini beans and eggs and a seasonal fruit plate. For now, only the bar room is open. If things go well, the lower level dining room might be added to the mix.
Bacaro was opened in 2007 by Frank DeCarlo of Peasant, along with his wife and Kama Geary. These days, Geary runs the restaurant with her husband, Alain Levitt, who’s usually behind the bar and almost always in charge of the outstanding playlist (Levitt’s also a musician). Several months ago, they made the move from the East Village to the Grand Street co-ops, so it truly is a locally owned and operated establishment.
Brunch is served Sundays starting at noon. Geary said they’re staying open right through the dinner hour.