PB&J pain perdu at Recette
Panettone French toast at Saint Austere
Sourdough French toast with roasted cinnamon-apple butter at North End Grill
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.
Work up a big appetite before stopping by Madangsui, a Korean barbecue hotspot in Midtown. The star here is the hands-on Korean barbecue experience. Choose your meat—marinated pork ($24.99), Korean-style short ribs ($37.99), thin-sliced brisket ($27.99) or a whole host of other options—then cook it tableside at your own personal grill. Each option comes with banchan, an assortment of small side dishes traditional in Korean cuisine. If all that food is too much for you, opt for one of the other traditional Korean dishes on the menu. Either the bulgogi bibimbap, a combination of rice, assorted vegetables and marinated beef served in a sizzling hot stone pot, or galbi tang, tender short ribs with radishes in savory beef broth (both $18.99) would make an authentic dinner. It wouldn’t be a true Korean barbecue experience without some soju ($14) or plum wine ($17) to quench your thirst.
Venue says: “All day specials- Mon: Seafood Combo, Tues: Bulgogi, Wed: Pork Belly, Thu: Spicy Pork. Family Sun:Meat Combo/Seafood Combo 10% off.”