I'd repeatedly heard A.O.C.'s brunch described as one of the tastiest hangover cures in the West Village, so I thought it time to inspect a bit further and evaluate the claims. The menu's fairly standard—omelets, granola, fruit salad and the like—with just one exception: the Feuilles de Brique ($12.50). Here, ham and cheese get wrapped up in phyllo dough, plated atop ratatouille, and topped with a poached egg. It sounds like a delicious French trifecta, and a tasty hangover cure it is indeed. The egg's well cooked, the phyllo nicely crunchy, and the flavorful veggies provide more heartiness than any normal appetite could ever finish.
For such a composition of great flavors, I only wish A.O.C. would give a bit more attention to the ingredients inside the pastry--the cheese had little flavor to distinguish it, while ham was thinly sliced and of the not-so-fancy deli variety. Among a selection of well executed classics, it's certainly not a bad way to remedy the aftermath of 2011's first long night out.
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