The Brunch Dish: LES Matzo Brei at Essex

The Brunch Dish

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[Photograph: Nikki Goldstein]

Jews and their houseguests far and wide will likely be eating matzo brei for brunch this weekend, but in case you were wondering whether any restaurants amp up their Passover brunch game, you might want to check out Essex. Though they have three kinds of matzo brei on the menu year-round (along with a vast array of other Jewish-inspired dishes), one of them is actually Passover-safe, so long as you don't care too much about a non-kosher kitchen.

The LES Matzo Brei combines sweet, thin links of chicken apple sausage, the traditional fixings of matzo brei (matzo, eggs, and milk), and a generous sprinkling of finely chopped caramelized onions for a savory touch. On the side, a small helping of homemade applesauce—smooth, not chunk—is flecked with enough cinnamon to bring back the familiar homey flavors associated with the holiday. All together, it's unique enough to warrant going out for (if the dish itself didn't get you, note that the $18 brunch deal includes three—yes, three—cocktails), but still comforting enough to satisfy your carb-restricted holiday cravings.


120 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002 (at Rivington St; map)

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