Eat This: Double Decker Egg in a Hole at Rye House
Rye House opened in November 2009, and started serving brunch in mid-December. The space houses a beautiful bar and a few tall tables in the front room, with some nice booths and communal tables in the back. Even though it was late in the day and I thought I had been hungry for lunch, when I saw this item on the brunch menu I couldn’t resist. Plus, the brunch included a free drink: choice of a Bloody Mary, French 75, or mimosa.
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The Double Decker Egg in a Hole ($10 including drink) is as extravagant as it sounds. It’s a buttery sandwich of hash browns and cheese, and bacon (although I got my bacon on the side to give to a friend). But wait! The top piece of bread has a gorgeous sunny side egg housed in a perfect hole smiling up at you. Although it was a little greasier than necessary, I love the idea of putting all of breakfast’s heavy hitters into one beautiful sandwich: eggs, toast, cheese, potatoes, and bacon (if you so desire). It reminded me of a breakfast I had at Over Easy in Scottsdale, AZ in December: The Wolfpack: 2 eggs any style, bacon, and cheese between two layers of hash browns. In that sandwich, the potatoes take the place of the bread and are formed into latka-style pancakes. And yes, it was as amazing as it sounds. If you are ever in the Scottsdale area, make sure to get up early and grab breakfast at Over Easy–this is a serious breakfast-only joint that closes at 11:30 am. Yeah, that would never fly in New York…
Back to Rye House, the Bloody Mary was ridiculously good, one of the better ones I’ve had. Friends reported the mimosa as only so-so and no one ordered the French 75…guess that means we’ll have to go back!
Rye House, 11 W. 17th St. btwn 5th and 6th Ave. (212)-255-7260