Seriously, is there anything more New York than this portable breakfast? Of course not. And Bay Ridge Diner delivers big on this. Decent rolls, eggs fresh and hot, and oh yes, we got it with hash browns slapped on ’em. If you’ve not made a habit of this starch on starch indulgence yet, get thee to a diner that will acquiesce and frigging dig in. And Bay Ridge Diner does it. On top of that, your meal is served on these crazy colorful fiesta-ware wannabes that can’t help but make you smile. Like most diners in the Ridge, the coffee is meh, but drinkable, making it practically gourmet compared to some of the swill we’ve tasted at other establishments. But how do they score on the sammich? I’d give it a very respectable 7/10.
Seriously, we expected great things from our next candidate, Hinsch’s. It seems like it’s been around since forever, near the corner of 86th Street and 5th Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
Not too long ago it closed ‘for renovation’ but we thought it’d gone for good. We were wrong and were delighted when it reopened, only to be horrified that the new owners had ripped down the original exterior signage, including a classic neon hanging sign on the side of the building. In its place is a bland, ugly, not even close replica. A sad day…. or so we thought….
However, we’re here to report on the breakfast, right? So let’s tuck in.
It was good. We can say that right off the bat. Again we opted for the egg, cheese and potato on a roll option.
Firstly, the service was excellent, the coffee was – wait for it – a big fat meh. We think our usual coffee tipple of organic Sumatran, freshly ground and brewed French-style in a cafetière [French press on these shores], is setting the bar a little high for local diners. But still, meh is meh.
So, the sandwich. It was very fine. It was very filling. The potato was tasty, the egg and cheese part excellent, but the roll let it down slightly, tending to soften too much well before we were through.
That said, we pretty much skipped lunch since there was so much. Great value too. Just $4.00 and $1.50 for the coffee. Despite the roll and the meh, we’re going to give Hinsch’s a 7.5/10.
Well worth a visit, but don’t look at the horrendous signage.
The Narrows Coffee Shop is an odd place. Doesn’t open early, never open on a Sunday but has great potential.
It sits in an enviable position down on 100th Street and 4th Avenue in Bay Ridge…. almost close enough to touch the magnificent Verrazano Bridge a mere three blocks further south. And on Friday last, we finally got to test their skills at the Egg & Cheese on a Roll test.
How’d they do? Well as in other places the coffee was the big let down, being another meh in an increasingly long line of mehs. The breakfast however, was pretty good. We opted for the addition of potato on our breakfast rolls and that served us well. The seasoning was a little lacking in my view, although my cohort on these reviews insisted it was pretty good.
It was tasty and filling. We were offered the option of 1 or 2 eggs which is nice. The roll was a little lightweight in my view, but held up in the end. Inside, the diner is on the small side, but it was easy to find a table [ it was still earlyish, 8:00 am], but was filling up with locals by the time we were leaving.
Plans are like deadlines, they’re almost perfectly made for breaking.
Our plan of reporting on Bay Ridge diners and their ability to produce the American classic breakfast of egg & cheese on a roll has fallen into a hole of inactivity. I guess one of us having ‘minor surgery’ and the other having crisis after crisis at her day job might – I say might – have played a part.
We aim to put that right by blitzing this blog with photos of, and reports about the diners we have visited, since we’ve still been eating breakfast on our travels and tweeting about the meh coffee we’ve had that accompanies our classic brekkie!
I’ll be right back with the first report as soon as possible.