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Monday, July 17, 2006

Weekend Wrap-Up

So, I haven't commented much on this fact as of yet, but the truth of the matter is a Nanny does not live on sweet days in the park alone. In fact, I have a social life of my own, one that doesn't include children, diapers, screaming, or laundry. I'm devoting today's post to a completely child-free activity: the Lower East Side brunch. (As opposed to the Brooklyn brunch which, even on the best of days, can only be described as child-dominated.)

My friend M. picked out Essex on Essex Street between Rivington & Delancy Streets because she'd heard that they had a great brunch deal: $15 for a brunch that includes 3 drinks (Mimosas, Bloody Marys or Screwdrivers). It was an easy sell.

From the outside Essex is totally unassuming, but inside it's airy, modern and--after 12 noon on a Sunday--completely packed. We did not make a reservation (who makes a reservation for brunch?) but luckily our wait was only about 30 minutes, but that's mainly because we were a group of four overly aggressive New York women who were desperately hungry.

The service at Essex was wonderful for this one reason: immediate carbohydrates in the form of yummy onion bialis and alcohol.

They pour the mimosas from a pitcher like water or beer, which is such a wonderful thing. They are on the weak side, but that was ok with us because they flow incredibly freely. We were supposed to pay $3 extra for every drink over the 3 we were entitled to, but we estimate that our glasses were refilled at least 5 times.

The food at Essex is a fusion of Latin and Jewish cuisines. The menu is large and includes such gems as Seared Diver Scallops topped with a crispy potato pancake and a poached egg and a Calabaza Salad with mixed greens, sheep's milk cheese and roasted pumpkin seeds all topped with grilled chicken or steak. M. picked the Mexican Motzah Brei which I sampled and highly recommend.

A. picked the (absolutely huge) Banana-Chocolate Chip Pancakes and C. chose the Spinach, Tomato and Sheep's Milk Cheese Omelet. But the day's winner (as determined by me) was me. I paid the upcharge of $3 to get the Lobster Eggs Benedict. I was a little wary because I don't like Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict, but my concerns were put to rest the minute I sampled the dish. Lobster and hollandaise is a perfect combination. I probably will never be satisfied with plain old regular Eggs Benedict again.

Our waitress told us that the day to come is Saturday because on Sunday, as we observed, the place gets ridiculously packed. Essex has been added to the very short list of truly exceptional brunches.

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Blogger Elizabeth K said...

That sounds totally delicious!

10:59 AM  
Blogger *nanny said...

yum! and a 'here here' about nanny 'free time'.

3:27 PM  
Blogger pinknest said...

i haven't been to essex in ages!! my stomach is making the loudest churning noises right now. i must have that lobster eggs benedict.

9:28 AM  

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