On the way to see Coraline on Sunday, Mike and I decided to stop at the new diner type place that recently opened up one blow from my apartment. It’s called The Highline Cafe (in honor of the new park that is opening up around 2010). We first stopped in at around 2am after going out on New Year’s Eve. The burger and fries tasted DELICIOUS (though there may have been other factors involved) so we decided to try them again for brunch.
They have a $13 brunch prix fixe that includes a drink (we both went for Mimosas), coffee/tea/soda (we both went for coffee), and an entree off the list. Mike chose a chicken and avocado sandwich. It was a bit better than basic, but not amazing.
I went with the “Classic Eggs Benedict” which was served on an english muffin or “potato cake” with spinach or canadian bacon and hollandaise. I proceeded to check to make sure there were no peppers (I’m very allergic) and inquired if a “potato cake” was like a “potato pancake.” The waitress proceeded to tell me that it was nothing like a potato pancacke… it was shredded potatoes with onion, seasoning, and salt that was flat and fried. It sounded suspiciously like a potato pancake to me, so I ordered it and hoped for the best. The first plate that came out had delicious looking homefries laced with death (aka green peppers). When I pointed this out the waitress apologized for being “on auto-pilot” and I’m sure proceeded to spit in my food (just kidding) before scraping off the potatoes and replacing it with the mixed greens. While she was replacing the potatoes, we were left with plenty of time to examine the “hollandaise” sauce.
Now I’m not sure what this yellow chunky sauce was exactly, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t hollandaise. It did add a little moisture and salt to the otherwise overcooked poached eggs, however, so I went with it.
At this point, I would like to draw your attention to the brownish thing underneath the eggs and canadian bacon. Now, if you are thinking it looks suspiciously like a potato pancake, I would have to agree. It also tasted suspiciously like a potato pancake (though a little chewier than I’d prefer). But remember, it is certainly NOT a potato pancake.
The best part of the meal was definitely the mimosas, which were served with very fresh squeezed orange juice.
Overall, it was a fair meal. We’ll go back, I’m sure, since it’s so convenient and 24 hours, but overall, it’s not exactly a destination restaurant by any means.
Total Nom Points: 5 out of 10