The logo etched in my mind, (a former graphic designer, fonts stick with me) I spied The National on the same block as our hotel the evening I arrived. The next morning BF and I walked over to have breakfast and remarked how we had already informally dined with The National, when we tested a burger in February at the Food Network Wine & Food Festival’s Burger Bash event in South Beach.
We are both foodies and love to share, so we always request a booth or pull chairs beside each other as we are same side eaters. I know this is controversial to some, but it is much easier to share and converse on the same side. We were graciously seated in a booth and began perusing the menu. Ever strategic about our choices we always discuss our orders so we have a variety.
French Toast: Brioche, Seasonal Fruit Compote, Maple Syrup
The French Toast was incredible. We both love brioche, so when we spotted it on the menu, the French Toast was in. The seasonal fruit was apples with rosemary. Such an amazing flavor together. In case you are wondering the maple syrup was, in fact real.
Two Eggs Any Style: Local Farm Eggs, Roasted Potatoes, Grilled Country Bread We opted for our eggs scrambled with cheddar cheese on top. They were light, fluffy, and the perfect savory balance to the French Toast. Paired with roasted lightly seasoned fingerling potatoes, including the purples ones which we both love and shared potato for potato, and grilled bread that we topped with preserves.
We also sipped herbal tea (mine, with it’s own mini pot, which I always enjoy) and coffee (BF).
Final Thoughts: The breakfast was excellent and the wait staff charming and tolerant of our canoodling and (somewhat) excessive photo taking. We love food and can’t help documenting it. And the décor was fabulous as well! We will definitely be back when we are local.
Just as we were finishing up our meal, our waitress came over and dropped off this note:
It was so unexpected and touching that we both were holding back tears at the thoughtfulness of our silent dining companion. What an amazing start to our vacation, an excellent meal and an incredible gesture.
Dine here yourself:
557 Lexington Ave. (at 50th st.)
New York, NY 10022
Reservations T. 212 715 2400