Eggs are perhaps the most perfect food -- high in cholesterol, yes, but also high in protein, amino acids, and vitamins -- and wonderfully affordable and malleable, not to mention beautiful and perfectly-shaped. Here's to the incredible, indelible egg in New York food culture.
Dok Suni has been my go-to East Village Korean restaurant for many years. Other EV Korean spots seem to come and go, but Dok Suni sticks around because it is consistently good. My favorite dishes here are the miso soup, the name of which is deceptive since it is much heartier and more filling than most miso soups, the delicious bibimbap with its fun over-easy egg to mix up into creaminess, and the ddukbokki, spicy rice cakes with just the right chewiness.
I'll never forget the moment my (foreign) dining companion said, "What are huevos rancheros?" My goodness! My favorites are at Cafe Habana, along with huevos many other ways, including my favorite way to make at home: divorciados. With green salsa on one side, red salsa on the other, you satisfy two different flavor cravings at once.
This is one of my favorite places to eat in the world, as well as being one of my favorite day trip getaways. You go out and see the Berkshire pigs on the farm, and then you have the most heavenly Berkshire pork you've ever had in the restaurant. If you are going to eat meat, this is the kind of place you want to support. The farm-fresh eggs are creatively cooked, and the baby carrots are the most amazing vegetable you've ever had. The sommelier is incredibly knowledgeable in beer and wine pairings. You can take part in festivals, classes and lectures, or survey the lovely gardens and grounds. Stop by the cafe for a quick bite if you're on a road trip. A wonderful place in any season.
Miriam makes my favorite shakshuka in New York (eggs poached in tomato), accompanied by fluffy, fresh, hot pita and delicious, creamy hummus. Sit outside in the summer for brunch or nestle inside at the bar for happy hour drink and food specials.
I crave breakfast for lunch sometimes, and Egg fulfills that craving handily with its grits and eggs, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, and Eggs Rothko -- the latter a lovely composition of Grafton cheddar-topped egg over easy on a square piece of brioche with pieces of meat or veg of the day, plus tomato, as accompaniments.
Motorino's Napolitan pies are undeniably delicious -- savory, crusty, thin -- with an entire pie easily devourable by a hungry beast of an average person. But my favorite is the egg and pancetta brunch pie -- if I owned a wood oven, I'd probably make one of these every Saturday.
Cheese and meat, jams and peanut butter, but not just any kind. House made peanut butter, local jam, artisanal sausages and tome brûlée cheese from the Pyrenees! A fantastically tart green tomato sandwich and a crisp, fatty BLE (bacon lettuce egg) sandwich -- frankly, all the sandwiches are good.
Several charming little tables dot the sidewalk outside this small French bistro with Korean influences. Superb ubersavory wild mushrooms in broth with toast, kimchi bacon egg Kobe burger and Spanish smoked paprika sea salt frites. Go early for a seat.
Most every barbecue-lover in New York knows the deal with Delaney by now -- hogmaster Daniel Delaney trained under famous Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue in Austin. The brisket is amazing. What's even better is eating it for breakfast too -- as part of a breakfast taco, a popular Austin breakfast that is exactly what it sounds like -- egg and brisket in a taco. The brussels sprouts taco is also mouthwatering, with a great roasted flavor and the creamy scrambled egg making a great combination.
My brother and I had an epic brunch here -- let's start with the fact that I had the best French toast I've ever had at Ngam, and it was ... Thai. Tender, melt-in-your-mouth double Thai tea French toast with Thai tea custard, actually. We had Brooklyn Roasting Co. coffee-crusted steak skewers with coconut rice and eggs, tom kha with tender, sliced king oyster mushrooms, and Grandma Prapit's eggs, with delicious lime and chile oil. One of the best brunches I've had this year.