Eat This: Brunch at The Breslin
So, JudyJams and I have gotten to work crossing off some of the restaurants on my “Brunch in 2011” list and we started off with The Breslin. The Breslin is chef April Bloomfield’s restaurant inside the Ace Hotel, which is located on a pretty desolate area of the city: 29th and 5th Avenue in Manhattan–it’s surrounded by wholesale accessory stores and electronic outlets. But the Ace is as hip as ever; aside from The Breslin it is also home to Bloomfield’s John Dory Oyster Bar, the only Stumptown Coffee shop in NYC, an Opening Ceremony (an ultra-hip designer clothing store), and the coolest lobby to while away the hours in (complete with a full bar). And The Breslin fits right in.
The decor is British hunting lodge chic, with odd knicknacks and animals surrounded by dark wood. Bloomfield is known for her love of meat and pork, but we managed to easily keep our meal vegetarian. I had the Poached Eggs with Curried Lentils, Yogurt and Cilantro and JudyJams ordered the Grilled 3 Cheese Sandwich without ham and with an egg. We then ordered a side of their infamous Thrice Cooked Chips as well as the Fried Peanut and Banana Sandwich with Bourbon and Vanilla. I know, we are insane.
My poached eggs with lentils were very yummy. The eggs were perfectly cooked–is there anything better than a poached egg? I think not–and the curried lentils were very tasty and provided a nice crunch against the soft eggs. They were spiced very well but I wished there was a bit more yogurt to provide some tang. The dish came with two nicely toasted pieces of bread to sop up all the runny goodness.
This was definitely the best breakfast sandwich that I (JudyJams here) have had in a long time. The three cheeses were tangy and delicious, and the egg was perfectly cooked. It was the Breslin version of the famous “Egg in the Hole” sandwich, and it was a pleasing interpretation, to say the least. Everything, including the bread itself, was high quality, and you could tell. If I wasn’t inclined to care about my health, I would have one of these bad boys every single morning.
The Thrice Cooked Chips totally lived up to the hype–I’m not sure I have ever had french fries that good. They were supremely crunchy but you could still tell they were made out of potatoes. And the dip the came with, some kind of cumin-spiced aioli was so delicious I wanted to eat it plain. It also came with a serving of pickles that were deliciously spicy.
For “dessert” we had the Fried Peanut and Banana Sandwich with Bourbon and Vanilla. The waitress suggested we share it as a dessert rather than one of us get it as an entree, which was good advice. It is rather small, although it is extremely dense. It is also extremely boozy. It is less like a sandwich then a large sweet empanada and the banana and peanut flavors were tinged with bourbon in every bite. I didn’t really taste any vanilla, but it was still a yummy treat if you’re a fan of the peanut butter and banana combo.
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