This morning, I woke up super early to catch the bus into the city for a day full of good eats. Gosh, it’s so nice to be out of the middle of no where and see tall buildings, people in a rush, and non fast food restaurants! The first stop was at 88 Orchards for 93 Plates. It’s a cute coffee spot in the Lower East Side that reminds me of Think Coffee, but with a friendlier price tag.
So now, the question of the day (or.. post)- What does 93 Plates mean?
I will eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at 93 separate New York City eateries from breakfast New Year’s Day to dinner on January thirty-first with New York City’s best and brightest independent food writers.
Thirty-one days, three meals a day = 93 Plates.
No, no. Don’t get excited. That’s not me. That’s Hagan Blount there, aka The Wandering Foodie. It’s quite an ambitious project because not only do you have to contact both restaurants and food bloggers, but then you have to eat all that food and then write about it. And yes, it is possible to get tired of food. There, I said it, but it’s true.
I have to say, their “specialty drinks” looked particularly delicious- especially the Irish Cream Mocha and Frozen Mocha (anything with vanilla gelato can’t possibly go wrong!). But alas, Hagan found their freshly squeezed watermelon-orange juice on a separate menu and I was sold. Two of my favorite fruits together?! Could it be?!
The drink was perfect. Don’t you just love that separation? If I recall correctly, it’s only 25 cents more than Think’s freshly squeezed orange juice. I don’t think I need to tell you which one is better.
Challah French Toast with vermont maple syrup ($7)
Of course, a breakfast isn’t complete with some food. I was initially set upon ordering the French Toast, but the cafe recently launched their burrito menu. Luckily, Hagan ordered the French Toast and we split our dishes.
Breakfast Buritto with scrambled eggs, bacon, cheese, black beans, and pico de gallo ($?)
For those of you that know me, you should be proud that I ordered the breakfast burrito without asking them to make it without beans! Definitely keeping in mind that resolutions list whenever I eat out now. Anyway, surprisingly, I didn’t mind the beans! I mean, a few minds might have “accidentally” dropped onto the plate, but I actually really liked the beans. Maybe it was an effect of eating leftover zha jiang mian in the past couple of days.
So which one did I like better? It’s hard to decide. The French Toast was crisp on the edges and soft but fluffy in the middle. I really love how they just stuck with strawberries and blueberries. The berries were fresh and really vibrant in color.
What I loved most about my burrito were two things, and they should be pretty obvious. The first is the bacon. Can’t have a breakfast burrito without bacon. The only complaint was that most of the bacon was actually near the end, but that just meant an aggregated burst of bacon-ness in the last few bites.
The second is that cheese that you can see oozing from the egg. There was so much cheese. Extra points for that. Hagan liked dipping the burrito with the hot sauce. I probably would have preferred ketchup to hot sauce, but… the burrito is good enough sans any condiment.
They also carry a bunch of pastries and desserts although those are supplied by Cesi Cela and This Chick Bakes. They did, however, make their breakfast (the Challah bread in the French Toast is from Amy’s) in house. Their coffee beans are supplied by Irvin Farm.
Don’t those muffins just look plain delicious? They look just like the muffins that they sell at Costa Coffee in London!
[Draw attention to] CANINE HITCH!
Overall, I really liked this spot. Their drinks are a lot cheaper than I expected probably because I practically lived at Think where they charged $4+ for an espresso based drink. If only 88 Orchards moved a tad bit closer to NYU, I’d go like everyday. But what am I saying, I’m not going to need to study at coffee shops anymore!