Bakery/Cafe / Continental / New York / Restaurants/Bars

High Street on Hudson

I don’t often go to breakfast.  While brunch is a common occurrence, I’m rarely going to a restaurant before 11:30 AM.  That’s why, when relatives visiting from out of town suggested meeting in the Chelsea/Meatpacking area, I jumped at the chance to go to High Street on Hudson.  In the year it’s been open, it has managed to top several lists, including best place to eat when walking the highline and best breakfast sandwich.

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Open kitchen

It was the Bodega breakfast sandwich (sausage, egg, and cheese on a biscuit) that I originally went in for…but then I saw the Forager on the menu.  The seared king oyster mushroom, braised kale, farm egg, green meadow young swiss, and black trumpet mayo looked too good to pass up.  I also liked that it was on a lighter bun.  It was a perfect breakfast sandwich.  The mushrooms were a bit briny, the sauce was woodsy, and the eggs were fluffy.  I would have been happy to eat a second one right then and there.

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Breakfast sandwich cross-section

The breads are what they’re known for, but everything was quite tasty.  Though I thought of this as a breakfast place, I was so happy with my particular breakfast (which featured more than just pastries) that I would love to go back for dinner.  I would especially like to try the “leave it to us” menu, where they simply pick the best of what local vendors have to offer.  ($65 for food; $100 with wine pairing.)  After all, local seems to really work for them.  They’ve got the farmhouse vibe on lock, which is a nice departure from the shiny, modern, expensive feel of the neighboring Meatpacking District.

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