This guest blog post is by food writer & editor extraordinaire, our good friend Molly Stern.
Egg is a small, popular breakfast spot on North 5th off of Bedford Ave. in Williamsburg. Well-known to locals and weekend brunchers, peak hours can be a bit of a commitment. If you have the luxury, stop by on a weekday afternoon and snag one of the outdoor tables.
Start your meal off with the direct trade, freshly-brewed French press coffee followed by a glass of fresh-squeezed orange or grapefruit juice. Then get ready to dig into the wide selection of breakfast and lunch options (available until 6pm and from 11:30am, respectively).
The Eggs Rothko are wildly popular, and many an ode has been sung in their honor, but I’ll be honest—they’re not mandatory. On this particular occasion I opted for the duck sandwich (although the biscuits and gravy with homemade buttermilk biscuits and pork sausage, which my neighbors were enthusiastically discussing, had me enthralled). The sandwich consists of a pan-seared duck breast, duck liver pâté, Colman’s mustard, onion jam, and greens on a baguette. Choose between salad and a substantial helping of crisp, generously salted fries to accompany.
At first bite the sweetness of the onion jam was overpowering, but the next bite yielded more balance. The sandwich is large, but when you manage to bite into all the components, the flavors blend harmoniously, and the tender, rare-cooked duck is allowed to truly shine against the creaminess of the pate and the tanginess of the mustard.
Ninety percent of ingredients are locally sourced, while seventy percent are certified organic. All meat is hormone and antibiotic free and grass fed. If you want hearty, unpretentious fare in a relaxed and conscientious neighborhood environment, Egg should be your next stop.
135 N. 5th St. (near Bedford Ave.)
Mon-Fri, 7am-6pm; Sat-Sun, 8am-6pm