Sunday brunch at Midtown Oyster Bar is simple. Its new Sunday service, which launched August 21, blends the eatery's seafood staples with brunch-inspired favorites.
If you're wondering what that means, think Benedicts. The menu, which features only six dishes, offers three Benedicts ($13 to $18), which means if the sloppy-egg-and-hollandaise fusion isn't something you fancy, look elsewhere.
"Our guests have requested for a while now that we offer a seafood-focused brunch," says Nicola Abbate, general manager of Midtown Oyster Bar, "but we also wanted to create a simple menu that features the ingredients we source."
With that combination, diners can choose salmon, crab, or lobster stuffed between a gooey egg and crunchy English muffin.
"When you think brunch, most people think eggs Benedict," he adds. "It’s a very versatile dish. It's also another opportunity to showcase our fresh seafood."
Of the options, salmon is the most traditional. Thick slices of Norwegian smoked salmon are plated next to two warm English muffin halves, which boast crisp exteriors. Two small poached eggs are placed on top, cooked just enough to keep a majority of the yolk in a more liquid than solid form. Prepare to get messy — the mixture of yolk and hollandaise sauce makes for a creamy and velvety combo.
According to Abbate, keeping the menu small makes it easier to serve fresh ingredients in a consistent and tasty way, she says. That explains the other two Benedicts on the menu, which swap salmon for other cuts of seafood.
If Benedicts aren't your thing, there are also scrambled eggs. It packs mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach, and smoked bacon into an egg dish.
For something sweet, choose between one of only two remaining menu items: a Belgian waffle ($10) or a fruit salad blended with Greek yogurt and granola ($9). If you're on a health binge, the choice is obvious. If not, opt for the waffle. It arrives topped with a sizable scoop of vanilla ice cream, studded with fruit, and drizzled with maple syrup.
Make brunch boozy with bottomless mimosas or sparkling rosé for $25 extra.
Brunch runs from noon to 4 p.m. every Sunday. For more information, visit midtownoysterbar.com.
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