I realized this weekend that it’s been a few weeks since I’ve had a good, hearty, boozy brunch. Naturally I had an insatiable urge to fix this problem and find a good spot to get my brunch on. A friend suggested we try out Malt House in the Financial District, and I was so glad I took the trip downtown because it was excellent and very reasonably priced.
I don’t really get out to the Financial District all that much, mostly because it’s all the way downtown and I don’t really have any other reason to go there, other than food. But since my friend was coming from Jersey and the PATH train is right there we decided that that’s where we would search for a brunch spot. And every time I go to FiDi I’m reminded how much I actually like it; it has beautiful tall buildings and narrow streets, and it gives off a clean and professional feel. It would be a great place to work if I had a “normal” job. And, the restaurants are really good.
Malt House has a modern, yet rustic, tavern vibe. The exposed brick, steel beams, and lighting have an industrial charm, but in the front there are long communal tables that are reminiscent of a beer hall. The menu is pretty classic American, with omelettes, burgers, benedicts, and mac and cheese. The star of the show is the brunch special, where for $15 you can add unlimited brunch cocktails to an entree order. The cocktails include mimosas, Bloody Marys, bellinis, and screwdrivers. The entrees are also very reasonably priced around $12-16.
After ordering Bloody Marys, my eyes immediately fell on the mac and cheese, which is made with cheddar, gruyère, and parmesan. And you had the choice of adding two sunny side eggs on top for $3! Sold! What a perfect way to turn a lunch option into brunch! I wish more restaurants had that option… who wouldn’t want runny egg yolk all over their bowl of cheese and carbs?
As expected, it was really good. It didn’t look very cheesy when it first came out, but the combination of three cheeses was pungent and hearty and totally hit the spot. Slicing open the egg an letting the yolk drip out was so satisfying. I couldn’t stop eating it! I forced myself to stop 3/4 of the way through so I could have a little snack for later.
My friend ordered the Chicken Fried Steak Benedict with Country Sausage Gravy. Talk about Southern! It’s a biscuit topped with a hearty chunk of fried steak, smothered in sausage gravy, and topped with a plump poached egg, chives, and paprika. When it came out it looked delicious and HUGE, and was served with a salad of mixed greens and red bliss potato home fries. Yum!
This brunch was everything I could have wanted for my Saturday. When I got home I completed my morning by taking a 5-hour mac-and-cheese-food-coma nap. Malt House gets 3.75/5 stars!