Monday, 20 February 2017

New York Day Seven

I was hungover when I woke up on Tuesday morning in New York after a night of tequila shots at Hill and Dale. Happily, Egg Shop exists.

Egg Shop is in Little Italy; another super-instagrammable brunch spot that does what it says on the tin. I really love eggs so naturally had to check this place out.

I liked the white, brightness of the place. It was busy, of course, but we were able to sit at the bar. I ordered an iced tea: my ultimate hangover cure. I like how the iced teas I had in New York tasted like tea.

Edd chose 'The Beast' ($14). A pulled pork and fried egg sandwich with pickled onion and chipotle ketchup, this was a tasty and hearty dish.

We shared a couple of hash browns ($4) because the internet had told me to. These were not like any hash browns I'd had before- they were huge, golden, salty mounds of joy.

I found it difficult to choose as everything sounded so delicious. I chose the Scrambler bowl ($12) which is scrambled egg, lots of cheese, confit tomato, mushrooms and spring onion. This was a cheesy bowl of deliciousness, lightened by the spring onion. I could have done with more tomato.

Brunch done, it was time for a trip to the Tenement Museum. An original Lower East Side tenement building on Orchard Street has been decorated as it would have been when it housed immigrants in the early part of the last century. A combination of tour guide, photos, real artefacts and voice recordings give you a real sense of what it would have been like for people living in this building. I've done similar tours in Birmingham and it was fascinating to see the similarities and differences in the way the working classes have been squashed together in different cities around the world.

Dinner was at Cafe Katja, a warm, dark Austrian restaurant on Orchard Street. Again, I took the internet's advice and had a pretzel with different butters to start. It was soft but chewy, salty and the butters were delicious.

Edd chose wiener schnitzel as a main, served with potato salad. It was comforting as schnitzel always is.

I thought I was being sensible by ordering a chicken schnitzel salad but it was actually giant.

Kale and fried chicken and all the cheese, so much cheese. It was comforting and delicious but I absolutely could not finish it. This would be a marvellous sharer.

Somehow we ended up sharing a pudding though. What was I thinking? I just remember being so full but I also remember this poached pear and elderflower yogurt being very tasty.

Cafe Katja was good, fun comfort food. I feel like I spend the whole time in New York just completely full and I'm not sure I really appreciated some of it. Cafe Katja was one of those nights- I'd love to transfer it to Birmingham, on a cold December night.

A fulfilling day!

Egg Shop
The Tenement Museum
Cafe Katja

Photos by Helen and Edd.

Everything paid for ourselves.

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