Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Breakfast at Egg

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?

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BklynChick said...

I agree with you that the space leaves much to be desired. Egg used to be a hole-in-the-wall hot dog shop called Sparky's and egg has kept much of the same decor which doesn't really go with a restaurant that charges $12 for 2 eggs and toast.

I'm sorry you had to send your food back. Generally, I've never experienced that and we eat at egg at least every couple of weeks for breakfast/brunch. I do wish that they had greater selections of things sometimes, but I understand that this is the price you pay when everything is local.

You should go back for dinner and see what you think. I haven't been in a long time because I stopped eating meat and there are no vegetarian options but their fried chicken was fantastic last I had it a year or so ago.

P.S. Thanks for the awesome blog, I really enjoy reading it and discovering new Brooklyn places.

Eat It Brooklyn said...

Hey BklynChick! Thanks so much for your comment. I will definitely try Egg for dinner, that Fried Chicken sounds delicious. And thanks for the compliment. It's always nice to hear that this blog is helpful to readers!

sommer said...

my husband and i were just at egg on sunday before our flight back to charlotte, nc (i found your blog a few weeks ago while i was researching places to eat on our trip).

i had the grafton cheddar omlette which also came with the side of broiled tomatoes. i had a much bigger portion than it looks like you had. they were delicious and my favorite part of the meal. i also suggest trying the hashbrown ball. it was so full of flavor! my husband had the chorizo with salsa verde which he enjoyed.

we were there about 10 minutes before opening on sunday and a line quickly formed. within 10 minutes of opening all the tables were full and there were people waiting in line. we can't wait to return for dinner on our next trip to town. we LOVED brooklyn. lucky you to live there!

Eat It Brooklyn said...

Thanks for the tip on the hashbrown ball sommer! That sounds delicious. I'm so glad you found Eat It for your trip - did you go anywhere else I've written about?

Anonymous said...

ya'll forgot about the little donut balls they give everyone right at the beginning of breakfast. Those little things are tasty. I agree, the grafton cheddar omelet is to die for. Broiled tomatoes are a must...

Eat It Brooklyn said...

Ooops! You're right. I did forget about those little donut balls that are freshly made, warm and perfect!

superookie said...

Eggs Rothko seems like a balanced meal to me..

Jennifer Galatioto said...

I just went too and had the same but it did come out cooked and was pretty delicious and less heavy than it looked sitting there in a cheesy heap on my plate. So did you try the hash browns? OMFG! I will go back just for the hash browns...I agree the menu is kind of weird and splotchy to chose from, but I asked like an idiot and changed my order and they were so nice to me that I had to give them a lot of credit for that. Cheeeeeeers!