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ACME, 9 Great Jones Street (at Lafayette Street), Noho

People get very excited about brunch in this city. I don’t get it. If you want to eat at one of the best brunch spots at a reasonable hour, you’ll have to wait in a long line. And then when you do finally it down, the food isn’t that special. There’s only so much you can do with eggs and pancakes.

The brunches in New York that are most memorable to me are the ones that stretch the imagination and give you something a little different. This is what I was expecting from Acme, which is a sceney Scandinavian restaurant hidden behind the facade of the Cajun restaurant that used to inhabit this space. I can only imagine how many confused people walk in here hoping for some shrimp and grits. We saw one group fall prey to it during our brunch.

Baked Eggs at ACME

It’s too bad they didn’t stick around because then they could have tried the baked eggs, which was a beautifully composed and richly delicious dish reminiscent of a quiche. The luscious egg cake was hidden beneath a forest of greens which gave the eggs a seasonal lightness. Inside, however, the fluffy eggs (which had a browned, crisp top) were perfectly seasoned with the help of some salty feta cheese, peppery leeks, rich potatoes, and earthy spinach.

Our brunch at Acme ended up being a success. We made sure to arrive well after the brunch rush (so we skipped any frustrating wait times) and were pleasantly surprised with some dishes that really raised the bar on the usual rubbery plate of eggs.

ACME
9 Great Jones Street (between Lafayette Street and Broadway),
Noho
(212) 203-2121
acmenyc.com
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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