It may the season for hard-boiled, pastel-dyed eggs, but we'll take ours a little on the luxe side, please. From caviar-topped to soy-pickled, these amped-up egg dishes are sure to excite even the pickiest of peeps.
Eggs Caviar at Jean-Georges, New York City
It's always hard to choose from the extraordinary French-inspired menu at Jean-Georges Vongerichten's NYC flagship, Jean-Georges. We'll make it easy for you: Definitely get the eggs caviar as part of your order. The elegant, deceptively simple dish showcases soft-scrambled eggs served in the shell. Just a spoonful of caviar—and a touch of whipped cream—and it all goes down in a most delightful way. Photo by Francesco Tonelli.
Huevos Escalfados at BCN Taste & Tradition, Houston
At Houston’s BCN Taste & Tradition, the mind-blowingly delicious Spanish creations by chef Luis Roger, formerly of Spain's legendary elBulli, include the heavenly huevos escalfados. Poached quail eggs are immersed in potato foam and topped with decadent seasonal truffles.
Egg Royal at Petrossian Restaurant & Boutique, West Hollywood
Singer Kelly Rowland, Real Housewife Lisa Vanderpump and actress Jessica Alba have been known to stop by West Hollywood's roe-centric Petrossian Restaurant & Boutique. The restaurant is home to the egg royal, a soft scrambled egg made with rich vodka crème and chives. But it’s the dollop of extra-luxe Petrossian caviar that really earns this dish a spot on this list.
Eggs Mollet at Le Coq Rico, New York City
Paris import Le Coq Rico has landed in the States with a location in Manhattan’s Flatiron District. Here, three-Michelin-starred chef Antoine Westermann pays tribute to whole-animal poultry with an emphasis on wild and noble American birds. Standout dishes include coq au vin, poule au pot and the artfully-plated eggs Mollet. A whole soft egg is presented vertically, encased by a small round piece of housemade toasted bread on the bottom and one on top. At the table, your server covers the bottom base with velouté (French sauce made from poultry stock and roux), enriched by puréed parsley and chicken jus.
Drunken Deviled Eggs at The Sarsaparilla Club, Miami
Deviled eggs are easy to make, but Top Chef alums Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth play with the ingredients and flavors at Miami's The Sarsaparilla Club, turning the simple picnic food up a notch. On the Asian-slash-American inspired menu are the drunken deviled eggs, dipped in beet juice for that pinkish hue, and served tableside with pickled roots and sunchoke chips on top.
Soy Pickled Egg at Moneygun, Chicago
The team behind Chicago’s Thalia Hall, The Promontory, Tack Room and Punch House presents the new Moneygun in the Fulton Market area. Solid classic cocktails and fancy bites by Michelin-starred-chef Jared Wentworth make this bar anything but average. Pair your French 75 or Pimm’s Cup with a soy-pickled egg, covered in Japanese togarashi spices and capped off with bonito flakes and scallions. Photo by Clayton Hauck.
Hamachi Nabe at Uchi, Austin
The casually chic Austin hotspot Uchi doles out makimono (sushi rolls) and Japanese dishes like the playfully interactive hamachi nabe, served tableside. A bowl of koshihikari Japanese short-grain rice arrives sizzling hot with raw yellowtail and an uncooked farm egg. Your server stirs in ponzu sauce until the dish is cooked and ready to eat. Photo by Erica Wilkins.
Bacon-n-Egg at Rx Boiler Room, Las Vegas
Thanks to its innovative drinks and splurge-worthy classic comfort food, Rx Boiler Room in Las Vegas from former Top Chef Masters contestant Rick Moonen draws a constant crowd, including famous faces like entertainment reporter Robin Leach (yes, that one) and celebrity chef Bobby Flay. Dig into the extravagant if modestly named bacon-n-egg: a sunny-side quail egg on brioche toast with bacon and tangy-sweet tomato jam. Photo by Roni Fields-Moonen.
Eggs in Purgatory at Formentos, Chicago
Set in Chicago’s West Loop Fulton Market area, Formentos presents old-school Italian cuisine with a modern edge. The hearty eggs in purgatory is made with poached eggs and creamy polenta, spiced-up by a pork gravy and served with a slice of anchovy-topped bread. This version of the Italian favorite is definitely not your grandmother's recipe—it's (dare we say it) better.
Soft-Cooked Hen Egg at Gracie’s, Providence
Items on the seasonal tasting menu at Gracie’s in downtown Providence are all made with locally sourced ingredients. They include the irresistible soft-cooked hen egg, buried in a bed of fennel and curly endive along with juicy braised pork belly and French green lentils.
Poached Egg at Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar, Boston
Kris Jenner and Khloe Kardashian know to head to Boston Harbor Hotel for picturesque water views and stellar eats, like the can't-miss egg dish at Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar. A fluffy poached egg is perched atop a mound of maple-smoked salmon tartare and greens, and served in a bowl with a layer of sweet corn nage broth on the bottom.
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