It was a cold, rainy Tuesday night in the middle of the dreary winter season. Andrew and I were hungry, but too lazy to cook, and honestly just wanted to stay huddled under blankets. We were craving something warm and comforting, and inspiration struck – a short walk to Egg Shop in Nolita.
So I’ve already eluded to the fact that I bent the rules a bit and had Egg Shop brunch for dinner. Egg Shop has been on my brunch radar for months, but every time I’ve stopped by on a weekend between 11 to 2 p.m., I’ve been faced with a daunting 90 minute wait. I have admittedly sacrificed many a weekend hour waiting in line for a trendy brunch spot, but I still couldn’t justify the long lines for an egg sandwich.
At 7 p.m. on this particular weekday evening, the restaurant was wide open. We had our pick among the small assortment of intimate tables, but ultimately saddled up to the candlelit bar stools. The interior of Egg Shop is absolutely charming with large windows, teal accents, and quirky chicken-related accessories. We felt right at home among the bearded, Lucite-bespectacled diners and an amazing 90s rap soundtrack.
After studying Egg Shop’s menu for weeks, I noted that the eatery featured the same menu at all times of day and felt warranted giving a brunch review for dinner. However, it was just my luck that the restaurant unveiled a slightly different dinner menu that very week that I came in. The brunch menu features a wide variety of egg sandwiches and bowls for those watching their carb intake, alongside delicious sounding sides such as fried chicken, biscuits, and hash browns.
The dinner menu includes a smaller selection of the sandwiches and larger portions of the bowls as well as more substantial entrees. For the sake of the review, Andrew and I both ordered items that are available during brunch and dinner.
Andrew is a sucker for Mexican-inspired brunch fare and couldn’t resist ordering the El Camino bowl. This also came as a top recommendation from our friendly server/bartender. The El Camino was piled high with poached eggs, avocado, pulled pork carnitas, tomatoes, fried tortilla, and a sprinkling of cilantro. The carnitas were so tender that they melted in his mouth and the zippy sauce, crunchy tortilla, and cool cilantro all complemented each other for one perfectly balanced bite.
I went the healthy route and ordered the aptly named Spandex bowl. This light menu option featured poached eggs, miso quinoa, farm greens, avocado, and pickled carrots. As a self-proclaimed basic Bitch, this dish proudly contained many of my favorite ingredients, except my BFF Kale, and was satisfying and filling. The dish could have used a bit more flavor, which I remedied by dousing in hot sauce. To be fair, this is the healthy choice on the menu and it’s slightly unfair to compare it in taste to its delectably fatty counterparts.
We debated between the fried chicken or hashbrowns for a shared side dish and ultimately landed on the hashbrowns. This classic brunch accoutrement was deliciously crispy, but didn’t otherwise stand out in my mind. It was a solid side and well-suited to sop up any lingering brunch hangovers.
The Bitches say: B+. Unique egg dishes, trendy ambiance, and a great location in Nolita. We wouldn’t justify the current 90 minute wait, but a great brunch option if you can avoid the line.
151 Elizabeth St.
New York, NY
Egg Shop is open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.