It had been forever since I’d seen my friend Jeff, and after numerous failed attempts to plan dinner after work, we finally opted for brunch. I picked Cookshop, which lately has become a favorite of mine. It’s bright, open, and airy with floor to ceiling windows, yet still manages to feel cozy with the wooden accents and dark red booth seating that lines the walls – sort of “rustic loft,” if you will. The menu is seasonally driven so you always get a sense of freshness in the ingredients that they use – plus it keeps things interesting.
Love their brunch. Their huevos rancheros is to die for (though, the first time I tried it I wasn’t crazy about it – they’ve since changed the preparation). I opted for something different this time – the Cookshop Scramble: 3 eggs, caramelized onions, crème fraîche, dill, smoked ham, and a buttered biscuit. The eggs are served on top of a split biscuit, with a side of mesclun greens that are lightly dressed in olive oil.
It’s such an elegant medley of ingredients. The eggs are loose and fluffy, and scrambled with creme fraiche for a luxurious, almost velvet-like consistency. They’re laced with caramelized onions and smoky ham, and then dill adds a really nice brightness. I have to say the biscuit, while delicious, makes this dish almost too decadent – it is extremely rich and buttery, and the bottom piece turns into almost a custard, as it soaks in the scramble that’s piled on top. Overall it’s just an insanely indulgent concoction. Definitely worth trying…but not something I imagine I could have frequently.
By the way, Jeff went for the huevos rancheros – which meant that I got to steal a few bites. I’d tell you about it, but that dish definitely deserves it’s own post.Cookshop 156 10th Avenue (at 20th Street) New York, NY 10011