October 20, 2009

© Joshua David Stein
April Bloomfield in action at the BreslinThe good news: The Breslin, the new restaurant in NYC's Ace Hotel from my Spotted Pig heroes Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield, was opening with a FergusStock dinner, followed the next day by FergusStock Hangover Brunch. (FergusStock, for the uninitiated, is an annual dinner featuring Fergus Henderson, the chef at London's St. John and author of The Whole Beast: Nose to Tail Eating; his pro-meat approach to cooking should be pretty clear.) The dilemma: Which meal to hit? The answer: Both. Friday night featured Fergus’s trotter, prune and rabbit pie (for one, two or four) and April’s roasted halibut with anchovies. No surprise, the kitchen also went through about 30 pigs, including their pot-roasted heads. Saturday’s aptly titled hangover brunch included ridiculously indulgent custard-filled sugar doughnuts and Cheddary-beery welsh rarebit. And both meals had my new favorite thing on the menu: April’s very crispy thrice-cooked chips. For even more highlights, the New York Times’s The Moment Blog has great descriptions, plus amazing illustrated photos (with even better pics here)

© Joshua David Stein.

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