Thursday, March 7, 2013

Afternoon Craving: Avocado Toast

An ode to avocado toast
On the afternoon of this cold, will-it-or-won't-it snow day, I'm craving brunch.  Perhaps this stems from my all girls prep school days, when everyone (even those of us with body image/food issues) got excited about brunch at lunch day.  It was as if they were preparing us for when we would grow up and realize that all our social plans revolved around brunch.  Regardless, it's indisputable that brunch is an essential part of being a New Yorker.

Today, though, I am craving a specific brunch item -- specifically the avocado toast from Iris Cafe.  For $6, Iris Cafe serves up a multigrain toast with a generous portion of chunky avocado.  I'll admit that I'm a bit of an avocado fiend, but there's something special about this avocado toast.  The avocado is at that right stage of ripeness and is topped with the perfect amount of salt and pepper.  Now you realize why whenever you go the grocery store, there are only over- or under-ripped avocados for purchase; it's because Iris Cafe has taken all the good ones.  With one bite, I am instantly transported back in time to when I visited my cousins in New Zealand, where for breakfast every day they would serve us toast with fresh avocado picked from their backyard tree. That's how good this avocado toast is.

For an additional $3, Iris Cafe adds in two soft eggs.  The funny thing about the avocado toast is that Iris Cafe has managed to reverse the typical brunch setup.  Instead of the eggs taking the main stage with the toast as an extra on the sidelines (that you almost never eat), the avocado toast is front stage and center.  Although I'm sure they were good, I can't remember anything special about the eggs.  But this might be because the avocado toast fills every space in my mind.

I will say, however, that I ordered a warm orange and raspberry scone that was quite tasty, and that the latte was also quite good.  My only disappointment is that Iris Cafe tempted me with all these delicious biscuits on their menu, but as soon as we sat down, the waitress informed us that there were NO MORE BISCUITS.  Sad, but I suppose it makes a good excuse for why I'll need to return.  Oh, and also because of that avocado toast.

The menu
Latte with love
View from sitting at the bar

Iris Cafe
20 Columbia Place
Open every day (8-4, 5:30-10)

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