lower east side breakfast

In order to impart how completely un-hip we can be: I will now admit we stayed in a Comfort Inn in the Lower East Side. My cousin Alan didn’t believe that one exists, but it does… right on Ludlow, only a few blocks from where Pony Express was performing. Our hotel room was small, but clean and quiet with functioning A/C. On a summer night, with sky high NYC prices, that’s about all I need. A convenient, decent place to crash. This was my first overnight in LES and of course, there were a few food stops on my morning agenda.

I asked Michele about the Lower East Side and the first mandatory spot was Russ & Daughters. She’s been trying to get me to go to their herring pairing for the past 2 years! This store was impeccably clean and cool. Of course the food is high quality, but the service behind the counter is also remarkable. Friendly, knowledgeable, extremely patient (when dealing with first-timers who dish out complicated orders and waiver while asking for advice). In contrast to the somewhat grungy streets of the Lower East Side, this long-time NYC institution earns every bit of its impeccable reputation in my book!

We came home with the herring and onions in cream sauce.

A class act. Behind this counter: truly great service.

Scallion cream cheese on a plain bagel with tomato and New Zealand salmon.

I’ve been hearing about the Doughnut Plant for years. You don’t go there and forget to mention it to via FB/Twitter/Foursquare. Basically you work every social media channel you’ve got. Your goal? To make everyone you know *immediately* jealous.  On Saturday at 10 AM there was barely a line. I was already a bit disappointed to see Kossar’s Bialys and Pickle Guys weren’t open ( it was Saturday in this historically Jewish neighborhood).  My initial plan was to try the creme brulee doughnut, but after second thoughts, I finally settled on a PB &J donut.  It was the delicate, yet chunky exterior glaze that held the peanut butter flavor and the jelly ran through the sides of the square donut, instead of the usual gelatinous glop in the middle. That is some brilliant doughnut engineering!! I was in love.
On the right, you’ll see the doughnut-shaped ceramic tiles from inside the shop window.

It’s a fact. Doughnuts make people happy.
Take my Aunt Grace Anne, with her 2 glazed beauties. She did share with my uncle. Though I don’t think anyone would blame her if she ate both.

The “next time” list for LES:

Cocoron for soba
Prosperity Dumpling for sesame pancakes and dumplings
Kossar’s for bialys
Meatball Shop

The other day Nathan asked if I still use my point and shoot camera. And the answer is yes, but barely. I always have it in my bag, but if I have any inkling I might want to take photographs, I also carry my dSLR. Here’s a day when I was saddled with both, but when you’re busy eating, you only have one free hand to operate the camera. For those one-handed days: the G10 is the best! All of the photos in this post were taken with my point and shoot camera.

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  1. M, Of course I picked the wrong doughnut. I still enjoyed PB&J and have no problem with going back for more!

  2. A. Jean

    I hadn’t had breakfast when I read this entry of yours; and the doughnuts made me drool!!! Safeway’s danish will be a poor substitute this morning. Ciao.

  3. Michele

    Should’ve gotten the creme brulee. Now you’ll have to go back.

  4. Man doughnuts are good! And yes indeed, donuts tend to make those eating them happy! If you were wondering, you did manage to make people, at least me, extremely jealous over your going to the Doughnut Plant! I really enjoyed the pictures you posted, and the picture of the Bagel made my mouth water! Thank you for a look into the life of someone free to eat donuts as they please!

  5. You are right Donuts make people happy. I am just so happy looking at those glazed donuts, but I am so jealous I didn’t get to eat one!!

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