Essex, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, is a huge brunch destination. It must be listed in the NFT Guide or something. I have wanted to try their lone vegan dish, the Vegan Mexican Matzo Brei, for quite some time. So with a few days off at our disposal, we made a reservation, the start of day in the big, not-so-bad city. First, a Bloody Mary and a Mimosa.
The dish was yummy but a little Daiya-heavy. And not the best value. Potatoes and a larger piece of avocado would have made a world of difference. But I loved the texture of the tortilla “matzo.” Really woke up the usual mushy tofu scramble.
Taking my car into the city, brunch ended in my old neighborhood of East Williamsburg for a donut at Dun-Well. Perfect!
Dinner after a movie, we headed to Organic Grill. I had the veggie burger sliders. Three different housemade patties (roasted mushroom patty, original sunflower seed patty, and jerk spiced patty) topped with different things smears–kind of congealy vegenaise-ish spreads. The best was the sweet potato buns they all arrived on. Oh, East Village. How is it that you can’t do vegan right?