|Barking Dog NYC|
One of my favorite breakfast spots in the city is at the corner of 94th Street and Third Avenue in the Yorkville neighborhood of the Upper East Side. Hubby & I frequented when we were East Siders, which by the way seems like ages ago (more than three whole years already). In our boring and predictable routine, each Saturday we’d show up about the same time, sit at the counter, and order the same dishes on the menu.
For Michael, it’s the “Barking Dog Breakfast” which includes three eggs over easy, bacon, sausage, hash browns and a biscuit. Sounds yummy enough–yes? But wait…
For me, (and my mouth is now watering just thinking about it, even though I’ve eaten breakfast today already) it’s the Wild Mushroom Omelet, complete with hash browns and a biscuit. This is no ordinary omelet. It’s my favorite omelet that I’ve ever eaten and this is why.
It’s small and flat, not overpacked with meaningless low-quality or undercooked ingredients, and it doesn’t ooze with cheese, which just masks the flavor or what should be good eggs. This ideal specimen is simple — mushrooms (of course!), baby spinach with the perfect amount of wilt, pine nuts, and topped with pesto. The hash browns are the type that I rarely see anymore. They’re the old-fashioned kind, the kind a grandma would make, and the kind I grew up eating at Arner’s Restaurant on the viaduct in Reading, PA in the ’70s. I rarely eat anything that I ate growing up, but these hash browns, well, let me just say that I could eat these every Saturday for the next fifty years and never get tired of their crunchy outside and soft potatoey inside.
|Outdoor seating at the Barking Dog in Yorkville|
Since moving to the West Side, we only get to Barking Dog every now and then. The owner knows us well, he always makes us feel welcome, and every time he assures us that he’s still searching for the perfect space on the Upper West for a Barking Dog (there are three locations on the East Side). He’s come close to leasing a restaurant a few times, but hasn’t found the right match yet. Aside from the standard cafe requirements like a decent-sized kitchen and enough indoor seating, he wants a corner spot with enough space for a wrap-around outdoor seating area. Until that happens, we’ll trek across Central Park every so often on a weekend. Bogey doesn’t mind. Because of course, dogs are welcome here.
|Bogey Kaler–the ultimate “Barking Dog”|