The Budget: $11-$15
The Specs: Beet cured salmon bagel
The Mood: Open kitchen, open mouth
The Place: 637 Hudson Street
Snowy days are the best kinds of brunch days, am I right? Now, first things first, it’s just past the holiday season. All that Christmas jazz. All those New Year’s resolutions. I’m not huge on dramatically changing my lifestyle every January 1, but I did start watermarking my photos. Isn’t that fun? Protecting myself from theft and all that good stuff.
On to the better topic of the new year: brunch.
Walk yourself right into High Street on Hudson. How did I find myself back in the Meatpacking District to eat something? We all know by now I’m not a huge fan of this neighborhood. This place, however, offers brunch for under $15, and have you seen that picture of a bagel? Of course it made my hit-list. It is worthy.
I love open kitchens, the kind where you get to see absolutely everything except for the leftover food from the amateurs who did not finish their meal. There’s this whole idea that no one is keeping any secrets here. What you see is what you get.
The mastermind kitchen staff at High Street on Hudson get to work early in the morning baking all their breads, bagels, biscuits, and pastries. The gluten is fresh when it hits your plate, and it makes all the difference in the world.
How does it taste, you might ask? Okay, it’s about that time.
The Bodega ($13)
Sausage, aged cheddar, and egg, all on a sage-black pepper biscuit. First of all, the presentation for all the dishes was fun. All the sandwiches come on a beautiful, thick wooden board. The dense biscuit with the sausage tasted fantastic. This was a hit.
Beet-Cured Salmon Bagel ($12.50)
It was $13 on the menu, but I got charged $12.50, so we’ll go with the latter. Now isn’t this just lovely? What a presentation. The salmon marinated in beet juice, giving it a bright pink glow. Now add some celery cream cheese (I loved this unique flavor combo), red onion, fried capers (because regular capers are just not enough), and fresh dill. You got yourself one of the most photogenic bagels of all time, and it tastes as good as it looks.
Best Grilled Cheese Ever ($13)
Now that is a bold statement if I ever heard one. Best. Ever. With a name like that, you just start the day off with some pretty high expectations. This grilled cheese hit the bar. Now, I’m not sure whether this was 10 out of 10 the most phenomenal grilled cheese I have ever put into my mouth since birth, but it was definitely up there. The roasted potato bread is what really made this one stand out. Also, in case you were wondering, yes, a grilled cheese is ALWAYS appropriate for brunch.
A nice touch is a little take-out coffee and pastry section in the front of the store. Since the wait was about half an hour, it was nice to have a little area to sit, and although I didn’t order anything during the wait (hey, I’m on a budget), it was nice to gawk and snap some photos of all the treats.
The hostess was a little sassy, but the rest of our service was really off-the-charts. Our waiter went above and beyond, and honestly this was just a great experience. Looks like I’ll be returning to the Meatpacking District.
Put a fork in it.