Who has the best eggs benedict???

Food City Bytes has been to a lot of brunch places over its two year history.  On the Upper West Side alone, its visited more than seven places…..including Sarabeth’s, the Columbus Bakery, Isabella’s, Good Enough to Eat, Acqua, EJ’s Luncheonette, and Hi Life.  In Brooklyn, over 20 places, including…..  Tavern on Dean, 12th Street Bar and Grill, Apt. 138, Beast, Dizzy’s, Lobo, Stone Park Cafe, Tom’s Restaurant, The Diner, The Usual, And over various locations in the MeatPaking District, Tribeca, Soho, and the East Village…. at least 10 more places… most noteably…   The MET Trustees Room, Coffee Shop, The Park Restaurant, Home, Grace, Harmony Restaurant.  

At a number of these brunch places, someone at the table has ordered some form of Eggs Bendedict.  Substitute Crab Cake, Salmon, Spinach where you will.  So, Food City Bytes thought it would be fitting to try to sort out just exactly which brunch place offered forth the best, most satisfying eggs benedict plate!

Here are the frontrunners:

A) Spinach Eggs Benedict from Cafe Heaven in Provincetown, MA, served on a Portuguese toasted english muffin, with a side of chive and red onion home fries:

Cafe Heaven, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

B) Pancetta Eggs Benedict, from Ship 2 Shore in Kingston, NY, served on homemade artisan bread with a side of salted home fries:

Ship to Shore Restaurant-Kingston, NY, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

While the pancetta was a nice twist, I felt like this wasn’t quite enough food and I left still feeling a little hungry.  Plus, the home fries, while decent, were a little too crispy for my taste.

C) Crab Cake Eggs Benedict, from Park Restaurant in the Meatpacking District, served over spinach and on a regular English muffin with a side of home fries:

Park Restaurant, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

Now this brunch I like for the ambiance.  Lots of gorgeous people (and their offspring) with light that filters into the restaurant’s enclosed garden eating area.  The crab cake was delicious and the home fries were pretty good. ….Our waiter was….uh….well, on pot.  We would ask him for something….”Can we have some water”.  Response….5 minutes later..(smiling) “….Yesss!…..(long pause)  I will bring you some water.” And then he would wait for a couple minutes without saying anything before leaving our table. 

D) Salmon Eggs Benedict, from Cafe Heaven in Provincetown, MA,  served on a Portuguese toasted english muffin, with a side of chive and red onion home fries:

Cafe Heaven, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

Beautiful, fresh salmon; delicious, sauce and perfectly poached eggs.  These would only be bettered with the addition of spinach under the salmon.

E) Crab cake eggs benedict from the Isabella’s on the Upper West Side, with mini cubed Home fries and a slice of canteloupe. This one was a good brunch meal but nothing special.  The addition of the canteloupe was nice but it was a bit small and not very sweet. The English muffins were generic but good and the hollandaise sauce seemed to have pepper sprinkled on top.  The eggs however were perfectly poached.  i guess I would just expect a little more pizzazz for a place that I’ve heard so many rave about.
Hi Life-brunch, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

 That’s some stiff competition!There are entries from Manhattan, Massachusetts and the Catskills area.  But of the 5 choices, I’d have to say that the Spinach Eggs Benedict from Cafe Heaven takes the cake….er, the egg!  The poached eggs were light and fluffy, not cooked too long on the inside and the yollk folded nicely into the spinach and soft, butted Portuguese muffin below.  And the spinach was well prepared…not wilted or pre-cooked.  Plus, Cafe Heaven uses local ingredients with the muffins coming from the Portuguese bakery down the street.

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