Recently, one of my two lovely roommates suggested that I try brunching at Cafe Mogador, located at 101 St. Marks Place, between 1st Ave and Ave A. She noted that, while Cafe Mogador offered all of the conventional brunch items, including omelettes, french toast and pancakes, the cafe also served more traditional Mediterranean and Moroccan style breakfast meals. Pictured above are the "Halumi Eggs" my roommate recommended, and which I, in turn, ordered. The eggs were precisely poached and served with delicately roasted tomato, delicious halumi cheese, sweetly tangy olives, salad with a hint of mint leaves, and herbed za'atar pita. Yum!
If you glance at both the breakfast menu (available everyday, including weekends, a la carte items) and the brunch menu (available only on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 4pm, but $12 includes meal, juice and coffee or tea), you'll notice that there are more than ten options for egg dishes, and that doesn't even include the omelette variations. Ever had "Middle Eastern Eggs," with hummus, tabouli, salad and za'atar pita? How about "Moroccan Benedict" eggs with "spicy tomato & green pepper sauce"? Neither had I, but I will definitely return soon to try these and other dishes.
The cafe itself was charming and appeared designed to resemble a cafe or bar & restaurant in Morocco (at least from what I know of Morocco in TV and films..."Of all the gin joints in all the towns in the world, she walks into mine..."). If your palate is looking for some culture and diversification, Cafe Mogador is the place to go.