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The Croque-Madame at Pastis – French – Meatpacking
August 4th, 2011 by plumpdumpling

Having grown up on a diet that consisted entirely of American classics with a visit to The Spaghetti Warehouse thrown in every now and then for a little foreign culture, the croque-madame was an entirely new thing to me when I tried one for the first time a couple of years ago.

I mean, it’s basically a grilled cheese sandwich. Except with fancy cheese that happens to be melted on top. And a big, ol’ slab of ham in the middle. And an egg over the whole thing. It’s so savory and decadent that French law should prohibit their being eaten more than once a year.

I’ve had really excellent ones here in NYC at L’Orange Bleue and La Silhouette, but my favourite so far is from the brunch menu at Pastis in the Meatpacking District:

Pastic Croque Madame

I was actually torn about ordering it, thinking maybe I should get one of the less-traditional egg preparations, but there’s really no messing with perfection, and perfection is bread with cheese, ham, and egg. Everyone at the table agreed mine was the best dish ordered, and half of it went to people needing to try “just a taste”.

Pastic Croque Madame

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It’s a little pricey at $16 with nothing on the side, and of course the place is ridiculous to get into, but well, sometimes I’m willing to suffer for food. Especially when that food is like the pizza of breakfast.

Pastis
9 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10014 (map)


10 Responses  
  • Hessa Phadie writes:
    August 4th, 20112:26 pmat

    That

    Looks

    Amazing!!!

    • plumpdumpling writes:
      August 4th, 20113:18 pmat

      It was! I usually kind of feel neutral toward eggs, but I loooooove the way a good poached egg will run all over the melted cheese.

  • Alison writes:
    August 4th, 20117:35 pmat

    Gah! Who would DO that? Eat all your DELICIOUS BRUNCH THAT WAS DEFINITELY THE BEST THING AT THE TABLE THAT DAY??? That’s crazy and I cannot imagine who would be crazy enough to get between your fork, and hotmeltycheesymeatbreadymmmmmmmmmmness.

    • plumpdumpling writes:
      August 5th, 20112:32 pmat

      Funny! I didn’t know you’d ever see that, or I would’ve made a waaaaay bigger deal out of it. And linked to your blog. And talked about how you abandoned our budding friendship for a beautifully-decorated and cheap apartment and a job you love. Ohhhhh, well.

  • han writes:
    August 4th, 20119:20 pmat

    beautiful cheesy goodness !

    • plumpdumpling writes:
      August 5th, 20112:34 pmat

      Yes it was. I can’t look at that picture without wanting to peel the cheese off and eat it just by itself.

  • Mrs. Bachelor Girl writes:
    August 6th, 20111:29 amat

    I’ve never had a croque-madame, but this looks like the sort of thing I could definitely get behind.

  • Sammy Skye writes:
    August 9th, 201112:20 pmat

    oh wow. this looks amazing!! ive been meaning to get to pastis for brunch for awhile now. any opinion on the bloody marys?

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