Best cheap brunches
Six of our favorite dishes for $10 or under.
Mon Jun 28 2010
Arcane Baked Eggs at Arcane
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Arcane Baked Eggs at Arcane
On weekend mornings, the bar at this French-Caribbean restaurant is populated by French expats watching soccer on its sole TV. But beyond the footy, what draws people here is perhaps one of the best-guarded brunch deals in the city: A mere ten-spot gets you coffee, orange juice and a brunch cocktail like the Mangorine, a mango mimosa, plus an entre from the egg-heavy menu. One standout is the Arcane Baked Eggs, a satisfying, homestyle casserole of diced onions, broccoli and bacon topped with two fork-tender eggs and gooey Swiss cheese—ideal for dipping your side of crispy potatoes. 11 Ave C between 7th and 8th Sts (212-777-0477). $9.95.
Irish Breakfast Roll at Sweet Afton
A full Irish breakfast can seem like a daunting dish to tackle before noon, but candlelit gastropub Sweet Afton has made it manageable by layering pork sausage, thinly sliced bacon, a fried egg and two rounds of hearty spiced black pudding (that's blood sausage for the uninitiated) between a crumbly, buttery roll. The plate is completed with a side of sweet baked beans and a juicy tomato, and is no less filling than its full-on inspiration. 30-09 34th St at 30th Ave, Astoria, Queens (718-777-2570). $10.
Huevos Estrellados "Lucio" at Hecho en Dumbo
Brunch is served daily at this new modern Mexican restaurant, and you can save some cash during desayuno by circumventing the tacos and burritas (mini burritos) and springing for the ultrafilling Huevos Estrellados. This greasy Mexican-American amalgam of french fries sauted with soft scrambled eggs and crumbled salty Berkshire pork chorizo is topped with spicy house-made salsa for a piquant eye-opener. 354 Bowery between Great Jones and E 4th Sts (212-937-4245, hechoendumbo.com). $10.
Dutch Apple Pancake at Fort Defiance
This casual saloon-style bar has already made a name for itself slinging craft cocktails, but the kitchen designs an equally noteworthy breakfast every day of the week. For an indulgence without the hefty price tag, order the crisp-crusted Dutch Apple Pancake, served in the cast-iron pan in which it's baked. The not-too-sweet hotcake (which is fluffier and more substantial than the flat, American flapjacks flipped in diners) is studded with fresh, hot chunks of apple and dusted with powdered sugar. A drizzle of warm maple syrup is the only extra flair you'll need. 365 Van Brunt St at Dikeman St, Red Hook, Brooklyn (347-453-6672, fortdefiancebrooklyn.com). $9.
Smoked Meat Hash at Mile End
Mile End owner Noah Bernamoff hails from Montreal, where smoked meat is to the morning meal as poutine is to the drunken snack. Let your taste buds take a trip north: Salty, house-cured prime Angus brisket is shredded and mixed with diced potatoes, then topped with a fried egg in this haute take on a hash. 97A Hoyt St between Atlantic Ave and Pacific St, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn (718-852-7510, mileendbrooklyn.com). $8.
Green Shakshuka at Mimi's Hummus
Instead of ordering a plate of the creamy namesake comestible at this hummus den, shake things up with a shakshuka egg dish for your Middle Eastern weekend brunch. Of the three shakshuka options, the green version is a triumph of vegetarian cooking: Braised chard laced with tomato and cumin is draped in a cast-iron pan, topped with two eggs and tangy Bulgarian sheep's cheese, and baked into a gooey consistency that's ideal for scooping up with the homemade pita bread. Cool down with a few bites of the accompanying Israeli salad of diced tomatoes, onions and cucumbers. 1209 Cortelyou Rd between Argyle and Westminster Rds, Ditmas Park, Brooklyn (718-284-4444, mimishummus.com). $10.