16 Jul 2011
I had never really grasped the concept of the hipster scene until I visited New York for the first time. All I knew then was that Shoreditch represented something of the London equivalent. We were staying in Williamsburg, Brooklyn where years of urban gentrification had done it’s deed; hipster culture was in full swing and there it smacked me in the face like a geek pie to the head of Nathan Barley. This was Hipsterville, a town where Ray Bans, massive glasses, American Apparel and vintage footwear clad kids ruled the roost.
We walked amongst them, ate with them in their trendy cafes, drank with them with their trendy bars. There seems to be a certain rage generated with certain people when it comes to hipster culture. But from my perspective if there’s candied bacon involved, what’s not to like?!
Egg makes a tasty spot to visit for brunch or breakfast, serving up dishes with a southern/soul influence within chic, minimalist environs. They are also hugely popular. Despite visiting on a hot Tuesday morning, the brunch queues were in full swing.
I popped my name on the list and headed around the corner to Blue Bottle Cafe (which had been recommended to me) where I grabbed a delicious ice coffee while waiting for my dining buddies to show up, and my name to be called.
I’d never eaten biscuits and gravy before so when I saw them I must say I was a little surprised. Rather the the brown gravy I know and love, there was a sort of thick white sauce bringing to mind lard. This was gravy? I tasted it. Hell yeah, THIS was gravy.
Having done a little more research it turns out the gravy is actually a kind of super charged béchamel sauce, but made with sausage dripping instead of butter. The biscuits were like fluffy scones and chunks of tasty sausage meat could also be found buried in the black pepper spotted gravy. Such a strange thing to have for breakfast, but it was so hearty, so comforting and so much more enjoyable than I ever could have imagined! Where can I get this in London?
Compared to the biscuits and gravy, the organic cheese grits, eggs and candied bacon were practically healthy! Grits were foreign to me too so I’d ordered the cheese version to take off the edge of trying something new. They were not bad but I’m not sure if they were anything to write home about. They reminded me of a grainy, fluffy mashed potato. I wanted to put gravy on them! Heck… after tasting that gravy I wanted to put it on everything! Loved the sweet, crispy, candied bacon – then again I have a tendency to enjoy sweet, salty meats.
I didn’t sample the omelette but it looked enjoyable.
Egg apparently also have their own farm which is not something that really comes to mind when you think of New York but commendable.
We had a great breakfast at Egg; I had my first taste of a couple of Southern style dishes and developed a new fondness for gravy. Service was friendly in that usual American way, and the atmosphere was super trendy. A very enjoyable experience.
135 N 5th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211