I got to check another place off of my list of places I need to go when I made it to Egg (135 N. 5th St., between Bedford & Berry, 718-302-5151) recently for breakfast. Always a satisfying thing to do. Cross things off one's list, that is, although breakfast at Egg is surely satisfying as well! We had no wait for our table around 11am, but there was a long line when we left about an hour later, so be forewarned!
It was difficult to pick what to order as everything sounded so tasty and alluring (biscuits, grits, gravy, cheese), but I settled on the Eggs Rothko, an easy-cooked egg in a slice of Amy's brioche and topped with Grafton cheddar and served with broiled tomatoes and a side of meat or seasonal vegetables; I picked bacon, naturally.
The first one I was served basically had a raw egg in the center and when I called over our waitress to take a look, I barely had to say anything before she agreed that it was indeed undercooked and whisked it away to be re-done. I RARELY send stuff back at restaurants, but this was really raw. The second one was cooked properly and delicious, albeit Very Heavy with that thick layer of cheese on top. I didn't think "topped" meant "an inch-thick layer". Oh well. I ended up wishing I had ordered the veggies instead of the bacon to provide a little balance to the greasy cheesiness. Tha tlittle stewed tomato didn't cut it.
I did order the Caramelized Grapefruit with mint which cut the grease nicely and offered a refreshing counterpoint to the egg-brioche-cheese dish. Slightly sweet, mostly tart and all good.
My boyfriend chose the Country Ham Biscuit which was country ham from Col. Bill Newsom's Hams in Princeton, Kentucky, served on a biscuit with homemade fig jam, Grafton cheddar, and a side of grits. The cheddar was amazing - sharp and flaky; the jam was just a bit sweet and a nice addition to everything else. The grits were good, the biscuit was a bit on the dense side and the ham was salty and a bit on the cured side - more like thick prosciutto than ham. I don't think either of us would order this again.
So, all in all I did like Egg - they're focus on quality, local ingredients is a plus - but I have to say I was a little disappointed. The inside space is a cacophonous mess with concrete walls and floors and not much to buffer the sound, and the food was so so. I'll go back to try other things, and think they should be supported, but for all the hype, something was missing. Other experiences?