This morning was pretty wild.  I was up at 6am to be at 30 Rock by 7:45 in my classiest business attire.  I was asked to escort Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) into the building for his appearance on Meet the Press.  It was an exciting morning, the show went great and everything was coordinated perfectly.  Although I work in for NBC Decision Desk and Specials and tend to be exposed to politics and talent daily, it still brings that same sense of excitement to watch someone on TV and know they are in the next room and you helped to make it all happen.  Once the Senator’s segment finished, I escorted him to his car and then headed uptown to nap before my Sunday brunch date.

I made my way downtown to the Chelsea/Meatpacking/I’m not even really sure exactly what this area is called, to Cookshop.  People have been raving about it for a while, and I even saw pictures in People of celebs dining there too.  I have a serious weakness for brunch.  My sister, Amanda and I joke that we know we really like someone when we take them to brunch.  It’s pretty sacred.

After my long crazy morning, I was thrilled to see the crazy selection and array of Bloody Marys.

Since I usually have a tough time fully enjoying a bloody since the heat of the Tabasco is hard for me to handle, I was really excited to have the opportunity to enjoy the drink without the spice.  I decided to be a little adventurous and try the Hampton Shore Mary.  It was beyond intriguing and unlike anything I had ever heard before!

(Citrus Vodka, Tomato Juice, Clam Juice, Pepper, Lemon, Fresh Oyster)

This drink was awesome.  The clam juice was so subtle, making it a bit fishy, but the perfect balance. Squeezing the lemon into the drink and the citrus vodka gave it such a nice little tang and acidity.  It was a great way to start off the meal and wake me up after a long morning.

I had serious debates about what to finally order to eat.  There were so many amazing unique options.  They took simple dishes and brought it to a whole new level, like you can obviously tell with the Bloody already.  They raise the bar on anything somewhat ordinary.   I ultimately decided on the scramble with smoked trout (you had the choice between bacon and trout).

(Eggs, Caramelized Onions, Creme Fraiche, Scallions, Smoked Trout – Homemade Biscuit – Mesclun Greens, Radish)

Wow.  Just wow.  The combination of flavors seemed interesting to me, and when I took my first bite, it all made sense.  The sweetness of the caramelized onions, with the smokiness of the trout balanced each other so well.  And then the creamy flavor of creme fraiche (whenever I say that word my mind immediately goes to South Park, real mature) mixed with the bitterness of asian scallions, it just worked.  And the biscuit.  Oh the biscuit.  It was so buttery and light.  I couldn’t stop eating it.  Either plain or with a little bit of the egg on top, especially the pieces of the scramble with the onions made my insides melt.  And the greens on the side gave such a light freshness to contract the heavy dish.

We also ordered a side of potatoes.  Because to be honest, breakfast potatoes are the greatest invention to ever happen to the world.

(Potatoes, Onion, Scallions, Hot Sauce)

The potato hash was great.  Cooked to perfection, but had a quite kick to it that was rather unexpected.  I really enjoyed, but with the Bloody as my chaser, there was only so much of the potatoes I could handle.  Plus the heavy biscuit, made my stomach fill up pretty quickly.  Serious food coma.  I ended the meat with eating my little fresh oyster from my Bloody.  Perfect last bite.

The really nice thing about Cookshop’s location is that it is right next to the Highline.  This old rail track’s transformation into a park has to be one of the nicest additions to Manhattan in recent years.  Going for a nice walk after a heavy meal always makes me feel so much better.  Plus since it’s now officially April, the flowers started to bloom and it’s getting me so excited for springtime and shedding my winter coat.

(taken on the Highline)

Happy Spring!  Can’t wait for outdoor dining.

Cookshop – 156 10th Ave – New York, NY
Price: $$
Location: Chelsea, NY
Type: American (Traditional)
Perfect For: Chronic BrunchFirst DatesCasual Meal
Open: Everyday
Reservations: Recommended via OpenTable
Favorite Dishes: Smoked Trout Scramble, Hampton Shore Mary

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