Brunch at Egg
The dish looks fairly unassuming and humble. But it packs a lot of punch. The egg is blanketed the thick layer of cheese, nestled in the center of the thick-cut, slightly sweet brioche. The tangy broiled tomatoes and the candied bacon I chose as my meat perfectly offset the sharpness of the cheese. The goal was to get a bit of each in every bite. I liked the candied bacon but on its own it was overwhelmingly sweet and once I finished off the main part of the dish, the last strip of bacon went uneaten.
Dinner at Otto
I have always liked Otto, one in Mario Batali's set of restaurants, near Washington Square Park as a go-to dinner — casual, not too expensive, good Italian food. The problem usually is that it's tough to get in without a reservation and with that, one made with some advance notice. As my dining companion and I were looking for eats in that area at an early hour, we managed to squeeze in.