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Brunch at Northern Spy Food Co.

Posted on | April 10, 2010 | 3 Comments

Northern Spy Food Co.
I’m literally reeling from my visit to Northern Spy Food Co. (511 East 12th Street between A & 1st Avenue) a few hours ago.  This is by far the quickest ‘plate-to-blog’ update yet!  I’ve been wanting to go here for a long time & finally found someone else that was interested as well.  Specializing in local & sustainable ingredients, the restaurant serves food all day long (breakfast to dinner) & has a small market in the back selling many of the items that they serve.

Coffee Float @ Northern Spy Food Co.With the weather being so nice we were worried about the place being packed.  It was rather busy, but luckily we were seated immediately.  The seats are a bit cramped in my opinion, but I realize that this is a small restaurant in the East Village & I knew the food was well worth it.  I started with a coffee, but Troy ordered the Coffee Float.  Totally not my cup of tea (I don’t like floats at all; in any way, shape or form.  Maybe this one will change my mind!), but he really liked it.  Troy ordered the home-made Biscuits & Jam which I forgot to snap.

Corned Beef Hash @ Northern Spy Food Co.I got the Corned-beef Hash after Troy recommended it & damn were they good!  I’ve never had corned brisket before & you can really taste the difference.  It was so good that I spent most of my time pushing the potatoes out of the way (I’m not big on veggies).  The dish was topped with a massive poached egg which was nice & runny (the girl next to me was not so lucky, but the staff noticed & took care of it).  I caught a slight vinegar taste in the dish (possibly from the poaching liquid), which was uncommon, but I liked it.

There was no salt & pepper on the table which annoyed me at first as I had planned to put salt on my egg from the get-go, but that would have been a mistake.  Once I got ‘into’ my dish, it was salted perfectly & I’m guessing that the kitchen staff know what they’re doing.

Slow-whisked Scrambled Eggs @ Northern Spy Food Co.Troy got the Slow-whisked Scrambled Eggs which came with breakfast sausage & grilled bread.  I think he enjoyed it, but honestly it didn’t look all that filling (although the eggs looked amazing & the sausage was gigantic!).  I have attempted to replicate this dish at home, but I just can’t seem to get it right.

I’ve been blogging a lot about the brunches in the area & this was one of the better ones.  It’s slightly on the expensive side (considering how many $10 Brunch & a Drink places I go to), but excellent value for money considering the ingredients & attention to detail.  I’ll be coming back to Northern Spy for Brunch as well as dinner!
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3 Responses to “Brunch at Northern Spy Food Co.”

  1. EV Grieve
    April 12th, 2010 @ 8:47 pm

    I was initially a little biased against this place… for being whatever happened to take over for Old Devil Moon… But I gave it a try for dinner with Mrs. Grieve — and really liked it… enough so that I went back again… I’m not a brunch person, though this looks tempting…

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    December 31st, 2010 @ 8:22 am

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