Monday, March 30, 2009

Cafe Orlin - St. Mark's

WHAT IS THIS GREEN STUFF? HUH? WHAT IS IT?

It's some sort of spinach sauce thing.

It was good. Anything that makes me look like I'm eating the secret ooze from that TMNT movie is cool with me. $12 for a steak and eggs meal is also cool with me--especially when it's a steak tenderloin and not some chuck steak or broil like in this case. In tow: 2 fried eggs over-easy, 2 slices of wheat toast, home fries, a thin spinach sauce, some sort of high quality and slightly grainy hot sauce that tasted good on everything.

I order steak and eggs whenever the opportunity arises and I'd have to admit this is one of the best I've ever had--possibly the best I've had for such a low price point (excluding homemade steak and eggs). The nicer cut of beef and the spinach sauce really lift above the bar compared to most standard dishes. A respectable portion too, I'm tired of paying more for less so this was a refreshing experience. I love to leave a restaurant not feeling like I was beguiled and satisfied.

The staff was very attentive and our server was congenial as was the other staff we encountered. One of the fondest Saturday brunches I've had. The seating area outside was small and slightly cramped, but not enough to be a bother--I was comfortable. So comfortable as a matter of fact, I was close to ordering a bottle of the house red for $17 and just chilling the early afternoon hours away there--another day.

The menu is great. It's not one of those menus you just glance over and see the same tired descriptions of the same sandwiches and entrees. I know I will come here often, because there are at least half a dozen items on the menu that I am excited to try like their goat cheese sandwich with eggplant and peppers, chicken schnitzel, Tunisian eggs, wood smoked salmon and more.

41 St. Mark's Place, New York, NY, 212 777 1447, www.cafeorlin.com

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