Gosh, this is one of those brunch places where the neurons in your brain start freaking out after looking at the menu. It’s like, “WHAT DO I GET?! THERE ARE JUST SO MANY DARN GOOD CHOICES!” And I mean really good choices. We all tried ordering something different to try a bit of everything. In the end, it was I who lucked out. I can actually tell you how most of the dishes below tasted because I nearly polished off any plate that wasn’t finished. What can I tell you, I’m a growing girl.
This was a long overdue brunch. It’s not easy to plan a time for five people to get together. The planning began in July but brunch ended up being in October. The venue was thrown out last second by Vic, who’d been here once before to vouch for its legitimacy. Eatery doesn’t take reservations so you can imagine the crowds on Saturday afternoon. Well as fate would have it, Sam managed to impress us by showing up a full 40 minutes late. By then, it was past 2pm and we were able to score a six-top quite quickly (we had a last minute addition).
These were incredible. If I had to guess, I’d say they were apple cinnamon muffins. They were a bit sweet but since they’re tiny, that blissful moment in your mouth passes by quickly. There was one extra muffin and we had to be socialist and cut it into tiny pieces to share.
Home-made Nut Granola & Mykonos Yogurt rolled oats, almonds, cashews, pecans, wheat germ, shredded coconut, dried cranberries, dried cherries & orange marmalade ($9.95)
This was some good granola. The yogurt is pretty much plain Greek yogurt, and the granola with the tried fruit is definitely sweet enough to flavor it. But unless if you’re really trying to be healthy, skip the granola and order something heartier. Yes, it’s good granola, given that the granola wasn’t diamond studded, $9.95 is a bit of a rip-off.
Santa Fe Sweet Potato Hash Brown scrambled egg whites and mango guacamole ($12.95)
This was the one dish that many of us were arguing over. In the end, Amit randomly got the coveted pleasure of ordering this. In retrospect, I should have went with my gut and ordered it myself, but I was a bit skeptical about the sweet potato (I was afraid it would be too sweet and not savory enough). As Vic noted, every ingredient here serves a purpose in terms of balancing the flavors. The mango guac helps mellow out the sweet potato and the egg whites add that touch of savory. Darn it, I need to come back and get this myself next time.
Atlantic Salmon & Spinach Omelette with dill creme fraiche and roasted potatoes ($11.95)
Instead, I went with the dish that had roasted potatoes. Why? Because I’m a sucker for roasted potatoes. The omelette was “ehh” and the salmon was lacking. There were also a few times when my nose hair was on edge, having sniffed that fishy scent. I would have liked a bit more spinach, but whatever. The meal served its purpose. I do have to say, the potatoes were quite good.
Scrambled Egg White Tortilla organic cracked wheat salad, sweet corn, queso fresco & salsa verde ($11.95)
This is the only dish I can’t comment on, but it didn’t need any polishing-off by me, so I assume it was good!
Mac & Jack eatery’s improvement on the classic macaroni & cheese topped with frizzled onions ($13.95)
Two words- HOLY COW- this was amazing. I’m not sure if it was because I was super hungry or what, but this mac and jack hit the spot. The frizzled onions were just oh-so-amazing and there’s this thick crust that develops around the edge of the ramekin. Even without the crust, the tiny macaroni held its own. You know how alot of mac and cheese ends up being flavorless on the bottom despite the on-pour of butter and cheese it had to endure? Well, that definitely wasn’t the case here.
Sweet Corn Grits with jalapeno-cheddar sauce ($4.95)
Of all things, this was the most disappointing. For some reason, I thought grits were potatoes. Clearly I was wrong. Did I ever mention that I don’t like soup and anything with stew-like consistency? Yes, that includes cream of wheat, which is the only thing I can think of to describe the grits. There wasn’t much flavor. Unfortunately, the grits sat in a lonely corner, neglected. Recommendation: skip the grits.
798 9th Ave
(between 53rd St & 52nd St)
New York, NY 10019