Sunday, October 16, 2011

Day 614: Brunch at Nook

Nook. No it's not Barnes & Noble's answer to the Kindle nor is it a small corner of a room, it is a small gem of a neighborhoody restaurant in Hell's Kitchen. More precisely it is maybe a twelve table restaurant  located on 9th avenue between 50th and 51st streets with quite the following for its reasonable prices, fabulous brunch, delish dinners, and BYOB status. Don't even think about attempting to book beforehand, they don't take reservations, so be prepared to potentially wait for a bit. Oh and don't forget to bring some cash as it is cash only.

This morning, we were able to get in before the 11am crowds and boy was it worth it. We split a toasted baguette with farmer's cheese and raspberry jam -- creamy, sweet, and crunchy, it was a great way to start the morning. I find it somewhat rare to see farmer's cheese featured on a menu and I think it is such a delectable fresh cheese that it should be featured more often. Then I had one of their egg scrambles -- egg whites, cream cheese, chives, and smoked salmon served with a mesclun salad and homemade roasted pepper paprika mashed potatoes. A straight forward sort of egg dish done excellently and just the right sort of portion. I find that a lot of times you will go to brunch and get served too much food because it's a weekend and it's brunch and all.

Overall a wonderful meal that put a smile on my face -- I'd go back again for brunch and for dinner. No attitude, no pomp and circumstance, just good straightforward food in a city full of pomp and circumstance.

746 Ninth Avenue

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