A friend who in from Detroit this weekend was all about trying Marc Forgione. She’d wanted to try out his restaurant since he won the Food Network’s Next Iron Chef TV show. So much so that she booked reservations for Saturday dinner followed by Sunday brunch. I was out donning sequins and legwarmers at a party Saturday night, but was looking forward to trying out this new spot for Sunday brunch. The dining space was on the smaller side – a bar with tables bordering on the left-hand side and a full dining area on the right-hand side. Many of the tables were a longer, communal style which had been broken up as needed.
My friends were all about the breakfast meats, so we ordered a side of their maple glazed pork and fennel sausage, their thick cut North Country bacon, as well as they got a small order of their grits. While the bacon was tasty, the sausage is not to be missed. Must try. Very flavorful.
I abstained from the grits though, seeing as I’d known ever since I’d peeked at their menu that was going to be my selection. Their baked grits were prepared with pepper jack cheese, North Country bacon, and Feather Ridge Farm eggs. Perfect cold weather selection. Or so I thought. I really enjoyed the top part. The cheese was noticeable yet creamy and not overly heavy. And the bacon bits added a nice touch of savory flavor.
All was good until the top was gone, to reveal this. Now the menu stated eggs were a part of the dish, and in the spirit of adventurous dining, I didn’t request an alteration. Eggs? Ok. Egg soup? No thanks. This Southerner maintains grits only meet eggs in casserole form.
One friend ordered their omelette, which was light and fresh, and prepared with greenmarket vegetables and fresh Montrachet goat cheese. I was also intrigued by their “Bacon, Egg & Cheese” – soft scrambled eggs, sun dried tomato, applewood smoked bacon. Wait for it. Served not on a bagel or bread. Nope. On a split open parmesan popover. Brilliant!
For an additional $14, you can have bottomless blood orange mimosas with your brunch. Service was impeccable – it was like our server had a sixth sense when it came to mimosa refills. I’ll be back, though I’ll be going with a different selection. Perhaps that Brioche French Toast – served with caramelized bananas, crushed walnut, maple syrup, and whipped cream. It was giving me the enticing eye. Or their “Suck You Sliders” – beer, bacon & butter braised suckling pig, house-made pickles, crispy shallots served on potato rolls (sadly this visit, they were all out).
Marc Forgione – 134 Reade Street (b/w Hudson & Greenwich St) – 212-941-9401