Huevos rancheros: Five great riffs on a brunch classic in NYC

Try one textbook version of huevos rancheros, the Mexican brunch staple, then experience four creative treatments.

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    Jamaican rancheros at Miss Lily's

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    Huevos rancheros at Clinton Street Baking Co.

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    Huevos rancheros at Fonda

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    Huevos rancheros at the Good Fork

Photograph: Alex Strada

Jamaican rancheros at Miss Lily's

The humble huevos rancheros gets a new lease of life with these standout versions, including Miss Lilly’s Caribbean-inflected brunch dish.

Miss Lily’s

  • Price band: 2/4
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This Jamaican eatery hijacks huevos rancheros, taking them on a tasty Caribbean detour. Coconut milk adds a creamy texture and island flavors to a base of kidney beans. Crispy fried plantain strips, a scoop of Scotch-bonnet-pepper sauce, a pair of over-easy eggs and sliced avocado make it a meal. $12.

  1. 132 W Houston St, (at Sullivan St), 10012
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Clinton Street Baking Company

  • Price band: 2/4

The flapjacks at this LES institution have a cult following, but the huevos rancheros are a sleeper hit in their own right. Laid out like paints on an artist’s palette atop a large flour tortilla are two orange-yolked eggs over pinto beans, tangy tomato ranchero sauce and fresh guacamole, all topped with grated pepper jack and jalapeño-laced sour cream. Doctor the dish with the house-made hot sauces served alongside, or add chorizo for $2.50 more. $14.

  1. 4 Clinton St, (between E Houston and Stanton Sts), 10002-17
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Fonda

  • Price band: 2/4

This textbook example of huevos rancheros arrives smothered in cool crema, mild ranchero sauce, and a shower of minced onion and cilantro. Beneath these tasty toppings are crispy fried corn tortillas, refried black beans, and two sunny-side up eggs anointed with a crumble of smoky chorizo and queso fresco. A complimentary cocktail helps wash it down—try the Rosalita, a tart frozen margarita flushed with rosy hibiscus. $12.

  1. 40 Ave B, (between 3rd and 4th Sts)
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The Good Fork

  • Price band: 2/4

This Red Hook kitchen remixes the Mexican staple with a delicious mash-up of huevos rancheros and chilaquiles. A bed of black bean puree crowned with two Sullivan Farms eggs and a spoonful of bracing serrano-chili salsa occupies one side of the plate. On the other sits a jumble of toasted corn tortillas bathed in another dose of salsa. The entire dish gets a light grating of funky Parmesan, a pinch of fresh cilantro and a porky flourish of crisp chicharrónes scattered on top. $11.

  1. 391 Van Brunt St, (between Coffey and Dikeman Sts)
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The Lambs Club at The Chatwal New York

The Lamb’s Club

Geoffrey Zakarian’s haute rendition of huevos rancheros is as elegant as the room it’s served in. A pair of perky fried eggs and three neat rectangles of queso fresco are perched on a crispy corn tortilla and a bed of cilantro-laced black beans. The bright tomatillo salsa poured on top is addictive, so be sure to ask for extra. $18.

  1. 132 W 44th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. Available Mon–Fri 7–10am; Sat, Sun 7am–2:30pm


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