PB&J pain perdu at Recette
Panettone French toast at Saint Austere
Sourdough French toast with roasted cinnamon-apple butter at North End Grill
These superior versions of French toast may use a variety of bread, but they’re all uniquely, sweetly delicious brunch plates.
Chef Jesse Schenker tinkers with the classic for his PB&J pain perdu. His pillowy treat features a three-inch-thick wedge of Sullivan Street brioche stuffed with a swirl of creamy peanut butter and grape jam. He serves the fried confection in a pool of sweetened condensed milk laced with Earl Grey tea, plus a cluster of sugar-dusted berries arranged on top. $12.
Certain hard-line brunchers will tell you that challah is as essential to French toast as rye bread is to a pastrami sandwich. Skeptics may be persuaded by the version at Kutsher’s. Hefty slices of light and eggy challah arrive topped with a mix of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, a sprinkling of powdered sugar and a dollop of whipped cream. Amp up the sweetness with the maple syrup and tangy berry compote that’s served alongside. $16.
Swapping out traditional bread for a hunk of panettone—a sweet Italian loaf studded with candied citrus peel and raisins, usually served at Christmas—gives this adaptation a cottony, ethereal texture. Chef Gary Comstock rounds out the sugary toast with a few savory touches: cayenne-spiced pecan butter and crunchy bits of fried prosciutto. $10.
A two-inch-thick piece of Sullivan Street sourdough is the humble canvas for this simple and satisfying French toast revision. Chef Floyd Cardoz advances the classic with the addition of his house-made roasted cinnamon-apple butter—a rich and fragrant spread stuffed into the center of each golden slice. $17.
Find French-Mediterranean fare and classically inspired cocktails at this posh tri-level bar and restaurant. Chef Jeff Kreisel (Porter House New York) executes dishes such as lobster tagliatelle, pan-roasted snapper and veal milanese at the 130-seat rooftop restaurant. To drink, choose from quaffs like the Bramble (gin, blackberry liqueur, lemon juice) and the Pineapple Express (pineapple-infused tequila, red grapefruit juice).
Venue says: “Your week night spot for creative, American dining and speciality cocktails on our Rooftop. Summer Friday Happy Hour starts at 3pm every Fri”