The Heights Cafe is a pleasant brunch spot, worth visiting as much for its proximity to the Brooklyn waterfront as for its simple, satisfying fare. Their menu aims to go beyond the standard bacon-and-eggs dishes as well, with creative touches meant to liven up classic dishes.
Take the poached eggs ($11.95). Instead of a standard English muffin-based Benedict, the eggs are served on a "grilled cheese smoked chicken griddle cake" (say that 5 times fast) and topped with a creole chorizo tomato sauce. Plenty of those words sound enticing, I'd say, but the dish fell short a bit in execution. The griddle cake worked texturally and a nice smokiness came through from the chicken, but the "grilled cheese" aspect was a not-fully melted slice of American. A sharp cheddar or pepper jack would have been fantastic here (and any cheese should've been melted).The sauce had a rich, spicy flavor; I tasted no evidence of chorizo. but didn't mind too much. I did mind the lack of runny yolk coming from my poached eggs; it would have been stellar mixed in with the sauce and coating the griddle cake.
The french toast ($10.95) was a simpler dish, but more successful. Thickly sliced brioche was topped with a pear and golden raisin compote, as well as a dollop of sweetened creme fraiche. The bread was excellent and the topping a rich, flavorful addition; nothing new, but a classic done well.
About the author: Lauren Sloss is a bicoastal food-lover who splits her time between New York (where she is finishing graduate school) and San Francisco (where she does most other things). She writes about food, music, travel, and everything in between. Some of her favorite things include The Black Keys, goat gouda, and guacamole. You can follow her on Twitter @laurensloss.