The Budget: $10 – $15
The Specs: Eggshop B.E.C., Benedict
The Mood: Sit on your neighbor (in a good way)
The Place: 151 Elizabeth St.
Welcome to the Egg Shop. I feel as if this place is a little self-explanatory. They sell eggs here, and lots of them. This place is small, so I’m guessing the wait gets a little overwhelming on Saturday’s, but I wouldn’t know–I came on a Thursday. (Precaution: no reservations)
You sit near the kitchen, enough to be able to smell your food before it lands on your table, but not enough to feel like you just made it as an extended member of the chef’s team. I’d say they figured out a nice balance.
One thing you need to know about this place: nothing on the menu is over $15. Well, isn’t that just reassuring?
If you look close enough, you’ll see me snapping this shot, but I’m not asking you to look, so stop that.
I like the layout of this place. It’s small enough to make you feel as if you still live in New York, yet there’s enough space in between the tables that you feel like you can maximize your food baby and still make your way out without overturning your neighbor’s table. Okay, but really, I was surprised at how small my food baby was when I left. Their ingredients are surprisingly light. They’re not? Well, maybe I just always overdo it when it comes to brunch. That is definitely a possibility.
I know, I know. It’s time to talk about the food.
The Eggshop B.E.C. ($10)
A panini roll with tomato jam, pickled jalepenos, bacon, and white cheddar cheese. Oh, and don’t forget the egg. Eggs are important at this place. Otherwise, this place would just be “The Shop.” (I realize this is not funny.)
This is definitely a unique dish, but it still has all the flavor and goodness that guarantees you are still eating brunch. Well, because you are. I am unashamed to say I ate every bite of this sandwich. And then I scraped the plate. And then I stared at the plate for a while, wondering where the food went. The waiter pitied me a little and snatched that plate up before too long, because it was a little embarrassing how I just kept staring at it. What a guy.
The Benedict. ($12)
This is a unique take on Eggs Benny. I’ve never had anything like it. Probably because the sauce was a Meyer Lemon Yogurt Citronette. What is that, you may ask? Don’t ask me, but it tastes good. The poached eggs sit on top of English muffin croutons and bacon. I like the crouton take on this, because it guarantees every bite of that English muffin is crispy, and crispy is good.
One thing to keep in mind: try their hot sauce. It has the name of their restaurant on it, so it means that they think it is important. It is.
Don’t be shy to take on this place alone. They have a full bar meant just for you loners. Grab a seat. Eat some eggs. Maybe make a friend or two. You can bond over the fact that you are eating on a budget.
Put a fork in it.