Enjoy this guest post by Amy Jarosky, a West Village brunch fanatic who knows her Eggs Benedict. Follow Amy’s brunch excursions on Twitter @amyjarosky.
Eggs Benedict. A New York born, classic brunch option. Like any good invention, variations may develop over time. In this case, I’m referring to the well known Eggs Florentine, Eggs Norweigan, Eggs Hussard, etc. These options usually appear on menus underneath the original Eggs Benedict.
Once in a while though, you won’t recognize something in this section. If a brunch spot may be so daring as to make their own substitutes and invent a version, it better be off the Benedict charts. It better maintain the essence and concept of the original Benedict. But, at the same time, it should bring something new to the table. Literally.
I’m a religious twice a week bruncher. This includes every Saturday and every Sunday without fail. During these weekend outings, I often find myself on a quest for the best Eggs Benedict in the city. You could say I’m a serious fan. After all, I think Eggs Benedict sets the standard for the overall best brunch places in this brunch crazed city.
Last weekend, I decided to check out this nondescript restaurant on Greenwich Avenue for brunch in the West Village. I’ve passed it for years, but nothing ever lured me inside. It’s called Elephant and Castle. As I entered, a warm, cozy vibe immediately took over me. I had a good feeling.
Checking out the menu, I quickly realized the first item listed sounded right up my alley. They call this creation “Eggs ‘n Apples Benedict on French Toast with Maple Syrup”. I call it yum. I’d never heard of anything like this concoction. But, yum. It sounded like the perfect way to start the weekend. You can order it with bacon to satisfy the standard Canadian bacon component. I opted for no bacon. Either way, I guzzled down some tasty coffee while I waited with lots of anticipation.
Brunch arrived about 15 minutes later and it made quite a first impression. The sweet, comforting aroma of French toast draped with maple syrup, combined with the sour, crispness of sliced apples. It looked like a brunch dream. After the first bite, I realized I had just stumbled upon a New York brunch masterpiece. Somehow the ingredients all worked together perfectly and formed an amazingly yummy taste. I tried to pace myself. I didn’t want it to end…it was sooooo good.
Inventions usually improve with each version and this meal is no exception. In my book, this creation captures the classic Benedict concept, but is taken up a serious notch with some new, major flavors. Elephant & Castle’s invention is definitely worthy of a spot with the other Benedicts. It may even be worthy of the top spot.
Go check it out this weekend. You should go Saturday cause you may just have to go back on Sunday…
Elephant & Castle
68 Greenwich Ave
(at intersection of 7th Ave and 11th St)