My husband and I have been wanting to try brunch at Telepan for some time, but it’s hard to swallow the $28 prix fixe on an average weekend. Our scuba diving lessons, which prevented us from eating dinner out last weekend, provided the perfect excuse. Telepan brunch was high on the list because of the rave reviews the burger has received. While the burger was excellent (and my husband has ceded J.G. Melon’s spot on his top 5 NYC hamburger list to Telepan), the biscuits and gravy stole the show. We agreed that this was the best brunch we’ve had in NYC (possibly anywhere) and the $28 price fixe seemed quite reasonable when all was said and done. Here’s what we ordered:
FOR THE TABLE
BREADS & SWEET THINGS
SHEEP’S MILK RICOTTA BLINTZES (me)
dried fruit compote
HOUSE SMOKED BROOK TROUT (hubby)
celery root blini & green apple sour cream
BISCUITS AND GRAVY (me)
house-made breakfast sausage & poached eggs
house-made pickles & a volcano
Our waiter did not know what was in the bread basket (his excuse was that he had not worked brunch in months…). Here’s our best guess – carrot bread, chocolate-filled donut holes, coffee cake, and challah topped with cheese, brown sugar and apricot. The breads were all very tasty, particularly the carrot bread and the donut holes. The blintzes were excellent – flawlessly prepared – as was the smoked trout (and we are not “smoked fish people”).
As for the second course, I fell hard for the biscuits and gravy – two sausage patties topped with the most ridiculously delicious biscuits topped with perfectly poached eggs. Resting between the patties was my favorite brunch side – grits (with more sausage). I spent most of the meal dissecting my biscuits in an effort to determine what made them the tastiest biscuits ever – could it have been a touch of cornmeal?!
The burger was a close second (and my husband might give it a first place nod). The arrival of the enormous burger and volcano (French fries stuffed in to an onion ring “bowl,” in case you are wondering) was a tad daunting since we were already full, but my husband persevered and was rewarded with an excellent burger. We arrived at Telepan with delusions of ordering dessert, but we had no room (despite not finishing all of our food). We can’t wait to return to Telepan for brunch (now we just need another excuse).