Eat This: Banana Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast at good
The West Village is rife with stalwart brunch options: Elephant & Castle, Cafe Cluny, Morandi, Home, Jane, Five Points, and Joseph Leonard are all great options. Here’s another: good. On a recent summer Sunday Lindserella and I met up to gorge ourselves. After a short wait, we were seated and immediately tried to resist ordering from the list of House-Made Breads, which includes Savory Cheddar Cornbread, Hand-rolled Orange Sour Cream Donuts, and The Best Pear Pecan Crumb Cake. We were successful in our resistance, but now I regret it!
I decided to order the goodBrunch Special, which allows you to choose any Egg Dish, Pancake, or French Toast, and add a House-Made Bread or Side Dish, and your choice of Chipotle Mary or Passion Mimosa. I decided quickly on the Chipotle Mary, the Banana Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast (this is what enabled me to resist one of the House-Made Breads) and a side of Cheddar Jalapéno Stone-Ground Grits. I’m not usually a sweet breakfaster; I mostly stick with eggs-based dishes, but the siren call of that French Toast was too much. Lindseralla ordered the Mushroom, Spinach, and Gruyere Omelet (it is always so hard to resist gruyere, isn’t it?)
First off, good is definitely not shy with the spice, and thank goodness for that. The Chipotle Mary was sufficiently spicy and a good way to wake-up in the morning. Additionally, the Cheddar Jalapéno Stone-Ground Grits had a nice kick, but were still smooth and creamy (for more on grits, click here!). The Mushroom, Spinach, and Gruyere Omelet was standard but tasty, accompanied by a small green salad, toast, and some mighty yummy home fries.
Okay, now I’m trying not to be too dramatic here, but the Banana Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast may be one of the top five things I have ever eaten, certainly at breakfast time. It is four halves of a French toast-ified banana and cream cheese sandwich, sprinkled with brown sugar and powdered sugar, and accompanied by more bananas and maple syrup. It’s hard to put into words the intense and delicious flavors and texture that are contained in this dish: the creamy, sweet, cinnamon-y bread concoction overflowing with bananas was, to put it plainly, out of this world. If you are looking for a decadent sweet breakfast, this is it. And if you’re not, order this anyway, you won’t be sorry.
good is located at 89 Greenwich Avenue, New York, NY. (212) 691-8080