From caviar to quail, eggs have long been a staple in the diets of cultures throughout the world. This adaptable protein, with its versatile cooked textures, finds limitless ways of featuring in breakfast, lunch, dinner and desert. With so many ways to serve and enjoy eggs, they hold a place in many famous dishes – as the main event or a tasty, delicate accompaniment. In the restaurants of New York, eggs have certainly hatched the creativity of the city’s top chefs, and, with Easter fast-approaching, ‘tis the season to enjoy them. Here’s a list of some of the most unique and best egg dishes in NYC:
Soft-cooked Hen Egg With Caviar, Onion Soubise and Potato
At Momofuku Ko, enjoy Korean chef David Chang’s renowned soft-cooked egg with caviar, a signature dish borne from a lifetime of inspirations and influences. For this plate, Chang cooks the egg for precisely 5 minutes and 10 seconds. After much experimentation, this is his conclusion for the exact amount of time needed to bring a slow-cooked egg to perfection.
163 First Ave.
New York, N.Y. 10003
The menu at Miriam, a top spot for brunch in Park Slope, offers plenty of memorable egg-centric options; the Shakshuka, however, is a standout. This traditional Israeli egg dish, believed to have Algerian and Tunisian origins, is comprised of two poached eggs in tomato pepper sauce with a side of hummus & pita.
79 Fifth Ave.
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11215
Paradou, located in Manhattan’s trendy meatpacking district, offers a delicious take on Eggs Benedict: Oeufs Paradou, comprised of poached eggs, smoked salmon, sautéed spinach and hollandaise sauce. In the rear of the restaurant, sit outdoors in the garden area and enjoy this dish with unlimited champagne for the perfect spring time brunch.
(Added bonus: Paradou also offers Shakshuka as well!)
8 Little West 12th St.
New York, N.Y. 10014
A typical summer staple, this dish is delicious year-round at The Spotted Pig. Buttery, with a touch of dijon mustard zing and a dab of chile flake spice, these deviled eggs are hailed by some to be the best in the city. Plus, this spot aims to use local ingredients, so you can be guaranteed that you’re supporting regional farmers as you chow down on their produce.
The Spotted Pig
314 West 11th St.
New York, N.Y. 10014
Deconstructed Eggs Benedict
If you love eggs but also adore inventive food, come here for the ultimate creative culinary experience and a dash of eccentricity with your meal. At this LES restaurant, Chef Wylie Dufresne’s dishes are manifestations of “molecular gastronomy,” a movement in food and technology. His deconstructed Eggs Benedict – a neat arrangement of bacon squares, toast cubes and deep-fried-hollandaise – might be the tidiest looking version you’ve ever seen, but it certainly does not lack flavor.
50 Clinton St.
New York, NY 10002