Sunday, October 09, 2005

Essex - best brunch deal in town!

We find ourselves going to the Lower East Side every time we get together with friends whether it's for dinner, drinks or even brunch! A few weeks back I got a taste of the best brunch deal in town at this trendy Latin-Jewish place called Essex which turns into a nightclub after the sun goes down. Their $14 brunch special runs from 11:30am to 4:30pm on the weekends and includes one dish, 3 blood marys, screwdrivers or mimosas and as much coffee or tea that you can stomach.

I was dying to have something sweet and something savory from the very interesting list of options that included foods as diverse as cubano sandwiches and banana chocolate chip pancakes inspired byMexican and Eastern European cooking which seems like an odd combo but actually work quite well together. I ended up sharing with my sister-in-law, Mathili, so we both could eat sweet and savory. Our main dish was Mexican Matzo Brei which is part-scrambled eggs, part-nachos, part chips and salsa. How can that not be absolutely divine? The eggs, cheese, black beans, guacamole, salsa and tortilla chips melded really well with eachother. It was much tastier that huevos rancheros that I usually order at brunch when I am in the mood for spicy eggs.

For dessert, we shared Challah French Toast with cinnamon maple syrup & fresh fruit. Challah is a sweet, eggy bread that is golden colored. It tasted a bit like bread pudding and was intensely sweet thanks to the syrup. Just a few bites were enough to satisfy my sweet craving.

After chowing down the Matzo Brei and the Challah French Toast we were definitely egged out for a few weeks but agreed that Essex was a fabulous spot to return to on weekends.

20 Essex St
At Rivington St


Blogger Amy Sherman said...

The same conundrum always gets to me--sweet or savory for breakfast! Have you had chilaquiles? That's tortilla chips with sauce, eggs, cheese and sour cream. Yummy. I like it best with a green sauce but sometimes it comes with red sauce. I ate it contantly in Mexico last year.

11:04 PM  
Blogger Lulu said...

Sounds delicious, Amy. Will have to find a place that serves chilaquiles!vttbndsn

7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amy and Lulu, the picture and description of the eggs, etc. with torilla chips is chilaquiles. Yum.

6:17 PM  

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