Sourced from own farm in Oak Hill, NY
An affordable ($11-30) american restaurant with organic meat, flexitarian, & slow food options in (Bedford Ave. & Berry St.) (Williamsburg - North Side) with brunch offerings.
Mon-Fri: 7am-6pm Sat-Sun: 8am-6pm
Egg is always busy. My grandmother says, “You can’t fool people.” Therefore, Egg must be pretty good. And it is. The grilled cheddar cheese on crunchy whole wheat is simply griddled and delicious. Speaking of simple, the simple salad, with mesclun, beets, pecans and a grapefruit vinaigrette, is exactly what it sounds like: bountiful and tasty. The sautéed kale is excellent—firm, juicy, flavorful: kale at its best. Other, more complex preparations, are less successful: the fried chicken is greasy and over-battered, served with bland collard greens, and the dish’s only redeeming quality: a perfectly steaming house-made biscuit. The pulled pork sandwich was positively burnt and missing the menu’s promise of a vinegar-pepper sauce. Apart from the kale, the vegetarian side dishes disappoint: the lima bean salad is neither hearty nor toothsome (like a good bean should be), slightly over-cooked and otherwise unremarkable. Ditto for the broiled tomatoes, unfortunately accompanying more than one menu item.
Partly responsible for Egg’s success: its active role in the community. Egg’s owners host dinners to raise money for the Automotive High School Garden on Bedford Avenue, contribute to the Greenpoint Reformed Church Soup Kitchen, and have helped raise money for BK Farmyards, an organization that converts under-utilized urban land to miniature farms. Egg has its own farm in Oak Hill, New York, where they cultivate over 11 acres of land to grow some of what they put on their tables in Williamsburg and educate community members on the importance of sustainability in agriculture. The restaurant itself feels like a neighborhood establishment, with families and hipsters convening in pursuit of a decent meal, good conversation and a chance to feel like part of something bigger than themselves. And if you stick to the simple, seasonal menu items, that is exactly what you will get.