Poached eggs and curried lentils aren't the standard brunch entree here that they are across the Atlantic, but among the few versions available across the city's Anglo-centric eateries, The Breslin's falls into a category all its own ($14). The secret's in the curry, which is nothing like what you'd find served at dinner anywhere else. It's a curry perfect for the early hours, one spiked with star anise, cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg and chiles--sweet for the comfort of morning and spicy to cure the hangover. The eggs tend towards slightly overdone, but not offensively so, and certainly not enough to compromise the mix of flavors at play. Throw cilantro and yogurt into the mix and this dish is wildly successful.
Looking for something more decadent? There's no bigger tease than showing up with hopes for the fried banana and peanut butter sandwich ($11) and finding it was sold out by noon—so consider yourselves warned and show up early.