We headed out for our usual Sunday brunch today. I asked my friend, John, a good place to eat (he’s lived in the city for a lot longer than both of us). He recommended Elmo Restaurant, a trendy brunch spot in Chelsea. Chris and I walked over and since I looked at the menu beforehand, we knew exactly what we wanted to order. The restaurant is really open – very 70′s-ish in decor, and has outdoor seating for people watching, which is great since it’s on 7th ave. I ordered the Monte Cristo:
Which is the best combination of sweet and salty in a sandwich (although, you really can’t go wrong with a turkey sandwich with cranberry sauce and stuffing). At Elmo, they add granny smith apples into the sandwich and put it on brioche bread, which adds a light sweetness to the salty swiss and ham/turkey combo. Look at the gobs of swiss cheese I ate:
The sandwich was definitely stick to your ribs good – the cheese was melted just enough so you could pick up the sandwich without it falling out, but warm enough that it melted to the different meats. I asked for jam since it didn’t come with any, and added gobs of strawberry preserves to the already unhealthy sandwich. You only live once, right?
Chris ordered the french toast, which was also made on brioche bread, with caramelized apples on top:
The bread was sliced just thick enough so the egg batter seeped through the entire piece of brioche without making it soggy, making it one great piece of french toast. I’d say Elmo is a place we’d go back to.