I wanted to make my first brunch back to be something special, a breakfast that would inspire a year’s worth of blogs, and I found that inspiration at Fable Diner. If you enjoy Fable Kitchen on 4th Avenue then I know you’ll enjoy their sister restaurant located at Broadway and Main in the Lee Building, a location that has housed a diner since 1949.
Last year we did a Celebrunch article with actor Liz Bowen. We had a wonderful chat about her experience on Fargo. This breakfast was a chance to catch up and an opportunity to gush over her turn as Peggy on the CW’s No Tomorrow. We grabbed one of the great window booths so we could enjoy the sunshine and the bustle of a busy weekday morning.
Fable Diner is a modern diner that holds true to the Fable Kitchen philosophy of food made with a respect for the ingredients and the traditions of classic diner fare. Yes, there are items like an all day breakfast, a hash, waffles and a breakfast sandwich but they are made with the Fable flare many of us have come to love. There’s a weekday breakfast menu and a weekend brunch menu. We had a weekday breakfast. The breakfast menu makes up the bulk of the brunch menu.
What did we have? I thought you’d never ask. Liz had the all day breakfast plate; eggs, bacon or sausage, potatoes, and toast. She substituted the regular bacon, or burger bacon as the server called it, over the pork belly variety. It was snaptastically crisp. She ordered the eggs scrambled and they were perfection; silky smooth and not even close to over-cooked; an easy mistake that seems to be more common than not.
This is where I wax poetically over the potato rosti. It came with a dab of sour cream and green onions. It’s deep fried, and it’s divine. The hash is made with potato rosti ends and covered in poached eggs, onions, peppers, pasilla and arugula. It is one of the best hashes I’ve ever had. It ranks in my top two. Yes, I said it, top two. I’m dreaming about it as I type. The eggs were perfectly poached, and it all worked. It’s harmony on a plate.
The coffee was diner coffee; fresh, not overly strong, smooth and easy to drink in quantity. That’s good because it’s the perfect place for a casual meal and a long catch-up after the holidays.
I would be remiss not to mention the service. I’ve been to Fable Diner twice, once for lunch and then this meal. The service was excellent both times. It’s refreshing to sit in a sunny open-spaced diner and receive approachable service by experts eager to accommodate any requests. The service is first class all the way.
Don’t wait for a good day to go to Fable Diner because there’s no better day than tomorrow.
Movie Recommendation: Blade Runner (1982), a classic science fiction film with some of the greatest production design you’ll ever see. It stars some guy named Harrison Ford. See it before the long gestated sequel Blade Runner 2049 arrives in theatres.
151e East Broadway
Open 7:30 am M-F and 9:30 am Sat/Sun