Do your brunch plans ever get fizzled due to a late night out or a dire need for a last-minute shopping trip for the evening’s Bumble date? Brunch doesn’t always have to be an all-day affair or rosé marathon. Recently I checked out buzzy spot, Egghead at the Moxy Hotel, for a quick and greasy brunch bite to cure the prior evening’s indulgence.
The consistent headache and off-balance aura didn’t exactly feel like a recipe for success on the rainy, museum-hopping day my boyfriend and I had planned. We decided to kick off our day at Egghead after scrolling through Instagram and salivating at image after image of its gooey, cheese-filled hash browns. Brunch is something we vow never to miss, so Egghead’s all-day egg-centric menu seemed like the perfect option when we didn’t have much time (or much motivation to dine without our sunglasses on).
Immediately bombarded by crowds of Instagrammers getting their perfect shot, my boyfriend and I decided to peruse the menu from our phones rather than dive into the madness in the super-tight counter-serve restaurant. I’ve done my fair share of fast-casual brunch reviews, so I guess I just expected there to be some seating in the place. Instead, guests were standing around a few sporadic small rounds and a bar along the window.
We started with a simple cup of coffee and bottle of Natalie’s grapefruit juice while admiring the restaurant’s apparent attention to detail when it came to social-friendly menu offerings and decor.
Egghead’s concept reflects “a nerdy, almost fanatical approach to the ideal egg sandwich.” Each ingredient, from the Golden Jidori eggs to the fresh baked Kennebec potato brioche and artisan cheeses, adds to the allure of the menu of classic yet contemporary comfort food.
The boyfriend went for The Classic, as I’m sure many people do, considering the substantial amount of bacon and spicy aioli topping. Between his bun sat a perfectly fried egg, melty American cheese, crispy fried shallots, sliced tomato, and a slab of thick-cut Nueske’s bacon. He felt it was a good breakfast sandwich, a little on the greasy side, but pretty standard.
As for me, The Green & White caught my eye almost immediately. Just the mention of kale and avocado will sell me on any brunch dish. This version was obviously a venture from a typical green menu offering by nature, but I quite enjoyed Egghead’s addition to this sandwich of egg whites, caramelized onions, and tomato.
While both of our picks were tasty, we weren’t blown away by either.
What we were wowed by with every single bite were Egghead’s hash browns. They had this masterful way of melting pecorino cheese just right between a well-seasoned thin encasing of hash brown. Seriously, if you’re in the neighborhood, or even if you’re not, everyone in New York City needs to get their hands on this hash brown at least once.
It sometimes amazes me that the same New Yorkers who don’t have time for anything, still make time for prolonged brunch affairs. But hey, who could blame them? If you don’t actually have time for brunch this weekend, head to Egghead for your eggy fix sans the booze or the silverware, for that matter.
The Bitches say: B+. Egghead is serving up delightfully greasy egg sandwiches that are perfect for a quick hangover cure before a shopping-filled day. We just desperately wish there were a few seats in the counter-serve spot.
485 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10018
Egghead serves an all-day egg-centric menu weekdays from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.