Tuesday, February 28, 2012

HPC16: Almond

We had a really pleasant brunch experience at Almond this week, a quaint neighborhood restaurant in the Flatiron.  The decor evoked a country lodge with lots of wood and copper accents.  Although no one was playing, a pool table in the back emphasized a casual atmosphere.  It's the little things that make a good brunch great, like having "Hungry Panda Club" printed on our menus and our host Liz being so accommodating with our large group.  This meal was the culmination of weeks of research looking for family-style brunch locations, a surprisingly herculean task in NYC.  There must be more hidden gems like Almond out there.
our customized menu!

The secret to family-style dining is eating more than your share without anybody knowing.  Upon seeing the menu, my initial strategy was to dominate the "Almond Hash" a delicious concoction of "duck confit, roasted onions, potatoes, cracklins, and poached eggs."


"almond" hash

However, this proved to be impossible logistically as each dish was served on one ginormous plate for the table.  There are pros and cons to this.  On the one hand, the passing of dishes has a nice communal feel to it; on the other...you have to pass dishes.  The Fates decided that I should eat more than my share of the "Home Made Chicken Sausage & Eggs" as they were placed in front of me.  I did not argue as they were tremendously delicious, usually chicken sausage doesn't have the density as their pork brethren, but these were nice and hefty.


home-made chicken sausage & eggs

 The french toast on our menu somehow turned into pancakes, which is fine, I don't really care for grainy breakfast items anyway. [ Alicia edit: For the grainy-inclined, the pancakes were like fluffy ricotta clouds. Delicious. ]


ricotta pancakes with lemon curd & blueberries

The "Brussel Sprouts Two Ways" were surprisingly delicious.  Shredded and quartered, they were prepared like a classic Caesar salad, with anchovies and everything.  Even though I tasted fish for the rest of the day, it was well worth it.


brussel sprouts two ways

To round out the meal we had biscuits, bacon, home fries, and mac & cheese.  My only wish is that portions were a little bigger as I only got a bite or two of many dishes.


biscuits with butter and jam


maple bacon & home fries


mac & cheese

Coffee in the Ace Hotel after brunch rounded out a great afternoon.  Special thanks to guests of honor Hayna, Young, and Koko, hope you had a great time!  HPC 16, the closest we've come to fulfilling the HPC Mission Statement.


hpc @ almond

@Almond_NYC #goodtimes @saehanlee #gwloud

Almond
12 East 22nd Street
New York, NY 10010

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