Where: 120 Essex St.
Website: essexnyc.com

The prefix! Don't fear the trendiness of the Essex, or the hipster crowd it's known for. Instead, fearlessly dig into the delicious brunch specials, which include three alcoholic beverages (bloody marys, screwdrivers, or mimosas) of your choice.

My plate of choice: baked eggs over crisp ham with roasted peppers, shitake mushrooms, and monterey jack cheese. A very close cousin of the crouque madame, this dish used the jack cheese to hold the peppers and mushrooms together on top of the baked eggs and ham. This dish brings all the ingredients to the forefront, making sure that no one stands out at the expense of another. To the side sits a refreshing mix green salad and perfectly seasoned home fries.

I also devoured the crispy potato pancakes, accompanied with sautéed apples in a honey cream sauce and spinach-shiitake-black bean hash. If you're into creamy sauces, this is the dish for you. The honey cream sauce is smooth and savory, while the chopped apples deliver hints of sweetness, giving you the best of both worlds. The hash mash-up offers a nice contrast to the rich creamy sauce, providing serious flavor. The crispy potato pancakes were my personal favorite, lending a nice crunch factor to the entire dish.

Remember: skip the line by making reservations.