Written by Nathan Edmondson
Artwork by Phil Noto
Chef’s Note: Happy National Eggs Benedict Day!
Chef’s Note: “I appreciate you.” “I appreciate a perfect Eggs Benedict.” An excellent moment of interpersonal détente.
Chef’s Note: I’ll let you in on a secret: Eggs Benedict is one of my personal “test dishes” for judging an eatery. Do you have those?
For Italian restaurants, it’s Fettucini Alfredo. For Chinese restaurants, it’s Jiaozi. But for a breakfast joint? It’s Eggs Bennie for the win. It’s the Hollandaise Sauce – you can’t rush it, it has to be made slowly. Many cooks won’t take the time, worried that patrons might complain about the wait. But cooks who know what they’re doing, know the wait will be worth it.
Chef’s Note: Natasha’s expression, when Clint falls onto the car and then walks away whistling – her eyes decidedly and purposefully looking elsewhere, slowly chewing her food – is just priceless. Nice job, Mr. Noto.
Chef’s Note: Where are Natasha and Isaiah having breakfast? We’ve got a bunch of clues: Brooklyn, nice big windows, perfect Eggs Benedict. Natasha notes it as “pricey” and we’ve also got a waitstaff wearing ties and matching aprons.
And too: Clint dropping out of the sky. He’s not much for flying or web-slinging or other forms of super-powered travel, so it makes sense he’s probably close to his apartment building, which is in Bed-Stuy.
According to Benedict Pics, the best Eggs Benedict in Bed Stuy are from the Black Swan. Interior pics, though, reveal a standard English pub interior – dark, cozy, narrow, low light. Not the open & airy space depicted above.
Peaches Shrimp & Crab get high praise for their Eggs Benedict. They are quite close to where Clint’s building is supposed to be. But again, the layout is shotgun-style, not many windows, and I just don’t see Isaiah as a fan of southern cuisine.
I’m going to go with Clark’s Diner as my best educated* guess. It’s true, the menu does not seem that pricey (at least, not for Brooklyn). But they’ve got beautiful tall windows, a very good rep for traditional Eggs Bennies, the waitstaff wears white shirts and black aprons, and it’s in the general vicinity of Bed-Stuy.