Similar in taste to those of a chicken, these silver-dollar–size eggs are most often served hard- or soft-boiled, or sunny-side up. Available at Sunrise Mart, 494 Broome St at West Broadway (212-219-0033) • 29 Third Ave at Stuyvesant St (212-598-3040). One dozen $2.50.
Another farmers’-market find are these speckled specimens, which are slightly larger than standard chicken eggs. Available from Quattro Farms at the Union Square Greenmarket. One dozen $12.
They may not be golden, but these orbs are still valued for their mild flavor and size (about the same as three chicken eggs). Available at Zabar’s, 2245 Broadway at 80th St (212-787-2000, zabars.com). $3.49 each.
This variety of pale-brown egg resembles a smaller version of a chicken’s egg and has a richer flavor when cooked. Available from Quattro Farms at the Union Square Greenmarket. One dozen $6.
Naturally dark green and pebbled, this massive egg is the equivalent of ten to 12 chicken
eggs, and can be used for anything from a giant frittata to a double batch of hollandaise sauce. Available from Roaming Acres Farm at the Union Square Greenmarket, Union Sq East between 16th and 17th Sts (grownyc.org/unionsquaregreenmarket). $20 each.
It would take roughly 24 unborn chicks to equal this behemoth’s size and weight. The hardest part of cooking one of these is opening it (you’ll need a hammer), but once you break through, you can use the yolk and white just as you would any other. Available from Roaming Acres Farm at the Union Square Greenmarket. $25 each.
In addition to the usual white and brown varieties, these familiar oblongs can be found in light green and blueish hues, which are collected from Araucana hens. Available from Violet Hill Farm at the Union Square Greenmarket. Half-dozen $6.
Often used in sushi, these burst-in-your-mouth flying-fish roe typically measure less than a millimeter in diameter and range in color from red-orange to bright crimson. Available at Han Ah Reum Supermarket, 25 W 32nd St between Fifth Ave and Broadway (212-695-3283, hmart.com). $3–$5 per tray; pound $35.99.
White sturgeon caviar
The California-raised version of this roe possesses a consistently creamy texture, but can range in hue from dark grey to black. Available at Citarella, locations throughout the city; visit citarella.com. 1.75oz $89.
These silky, saffron-colored pouches—roe harvested from both male and female sea urchins—are a common delicacy in Japan, India and the Mediterranean. Available at Han Ah Reum Supermarket, 25 W 32nd St between Fifth Ave and Broadway (212-695-3283, hmart.com). $15.99.
Ashoka Indian Restaurant
Craving Indian food? Look no further than Ashoka Indian Restaurant on the Upper West Side. Order some battered and fried onion bhaji ($8), vegetable samosas ($8) or coconut curried shrimp ($12) to nibble on while you decide on your entrees. Assemble a veritable feast by ordering a variety of Indian favorites to share. Rich chicken tikka masala ($16), spicy Mangalorean fish curry ($18), braised lamb shank with garlic and onions ($18) and verdant saag paneer ($14) ought to get you started. Don’t forget to order some lamb biryani ($16) and a side of garlic naan ($5) to soak up all the excess sauce. Still have some room for dessert? Good, because you’ll want to end the meal with a mango or rose lassi ($5), fig-saffron ice cream ($8) or gulab jamun malai, a traditional Indian sweet flavored with cardamom ($8). The restaurant also provides live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Venue says: “Lunch only, eat unlimited appetizers & main courses for $12.95 or $13.95. Mention Time Out to receive 10% off on your meal only at Dinner”