If you’re an ardent East Village Viber you might have figured out that brunch is my favorite meal by an irrationally large margin. And I have a bevy of great East Village brunch places to call on when I don’t feel like firing up my griddle.
I’d never been to local hot spot Café Mogador. That’s partially because I’m not the biggest fan of Moroccan-style food, but it’s mostly because they’re usually swamped during regular brunch hours. That’s always a good sign, but I’m impatient.
But that changed this past Sunday when I took a risk and brought someone with me to the St. Marks brunch hub.
It was a bit past noon and we were seated immediately. The décor didn’t make a huge impression on me—I was paying more attention to the interesting hair and tattoos sported by many of the waitstaff—but you can’t miss the full bar on the side. We were quickly brought water and menus.
We wound up ordering the Eggs Benedict, which came with Canadian bacon, and the Moroccan Eggs, a dish featured eggs that are “poached, with spicy tomato sauce, homefries and pita bread”. A lover of spicy foods, she thought the meal was fantastically flavorful and cleaned her plate.
My Eggs Benedict had a great kick with the gently spiced Canadian bacon. The home fries were soft but well-cooked and had a good amount of pepper. They readily sopped up the Hollandaise sauce and the eggs were cooked perfectly.
The only negative? My “large orange juice” wasn’t much bigger than the “small”. But it tasted fresh-squeezed and had a convincing pulp level.
Incidentally, Mogador is celebrating its 30th year in business (they opened in 1983) and remains family owned and operated. So head down to Café Mogador (101 St. Marks Pl. b/t 1st Ave. & Ave. A) for a great brunch (or dinner!) any day from 9 AM to 1 AM (2 AM on Friday and Saturday) and support a homegrown East Village restaurant.