Perhaps one of New York's best brunch spots, Egg, is located on North 5th street in my lovely neighborhood of Williamsburg, though I rarely come here because the wait is usually outrageous. But my mom happens to really enjoy it, so I put our names down last Saturday and within barely 15 minutes, we had a table. I was amazed and delighted…
More amazing is the food. It really is great cooking in here – everything just tastes so fresh and homey, it's like sitting down to breakfast at Grandma's. The biscuits are buttery and crispy on the outside, served warm, and the eggs are soft-scrambled, giving them that creamy texture that I can never seem to duplicate on my own..
I got the Country Ham Biscuit with fig jam and Grafton (Vermont) cheddar cheese, served with a side of grits. The ham comes from Col. Bill Newsom's Hams in Princeton, Kentucky, and the grits come from South Carolina's Anson Mills. If it's one thing they want us to know – they ain't gettin' no pork and grits from us crazy New Yorkers. And I think I'm ok with that.
You may or may not know about my obsession with jam…so by the way, I'm obsessed with jam. An indulgence I rarely allow myself to eat, but when it's spread on a biscuit underneath a layer of thin sliced ham and cheese…oh.my.god. If you tried to stop me you might lose a finger.
My mom got the Eggs Rothko, which is similar to one of my favorite egg dishes, the Egg Nests or whatever people call them. An easy-cooked egg is served in a slice of thick, Amy's brioche bread and topped with more of that cream-colored Grafton cheddar cheese. Mom got a side of bacon along with this because I taught her well, and it's no flimsy bacon either..
This is a strange thing to point out, but I LOVE Egg's grapefruit juice. Like, it's just fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice but it's so good! I want to know where they get these grapefruits from. They are not of the normal grapefruit variety. I imagine they are a hybrid of grapefruits and magic.
If you're in the area and have some time to kill…put your names down for brunch. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.
135 North 5th St btwn Bedford and Berry