Landmarc for Breakfast (2 occurences)
I’m becoming a familiar face for Landmarc. I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing that I actually spend my time at Time Warner Center so often. Anyways, I went to Landmarc three times (including the earlier post when it opened on the second day) and counting now.
The second time I went to Landmarc was the day after I wrote about Landmarc the first time. In other words I went there the third day of their opening. I went there for breakfast but I ended up ordering from their lunch menu (which is available during the morning) and have the “Grilled eggplant & tomato tartine, goat cheese & black olive tapenade” ($10) and a cup of coffee ($4).
The coffee was decent. I didn’t expect superb coffee from any restaurant honestly but it was fine.
The tartine was you can see, is topped with thick slices of eggplant, tomatoes, and sprinkling of goat cheese (also there was a schmear of it under the eggplant as well), on top of a thick slice of slightly charred country bread. The goat cheese’s pungent, salty flavor was dominating the entire sandwich but it was slightly offset by the tomato’s acidic bite. The eggplant only provided a soft, silky texture to the sandwich but not much in terms of flavor. This was a good sandwich but not my favorite.
Yesterday morning at 9:30, I ate breakfast or brunch, as I would consider it, with Robyn and a fellow reader, Kay. We were about to be seated to a table where most of the lights are dim, I requested for a table near the windows just for the sake of good lighting for the food. So, the hostess was kind enough to let us have a booth across the room. Here’s the view from our seats.
It’s nice but not gorgeous. We took a look at both the breakfast menu and the lunch menu, contemplating for a good five to ten minutes. I can tell we took a long time since our waiter kept hovering around our table seeming to get impatient waiting for us to order something. But finally, we know what we wanted. Robyn ordered an egg sandwich with mozzarella and sautéed onions on an English muffin ($10), Kay wanted the Croque Monsieur ($13) and I ordered Landmarc’s Hamburger ($13).
As we chat and waited for our food for 10 minutes or so, the condiments arrived to our table.
About another 5 minutes passed ’til our food arrived. Here’s the photos…
Everyone seem to have a pretty copious amount of food. Somehow Robyn’s plate looks kind of…sad.
Robyn offered to share a piece of her sandwich and hash browns to everyone, which I accepted. Her English muffin seemed to be a bit flimsy, that it can’t hold the filling together whenever I bite. It’s also pretty messy just because the eggs seemed to be scrambled a bit and the cheese and onions were mixed in to kind of hold everything together. It tasted fine but not awesome.
Kay’s Croque Monsieur was HUGE. I really liked the fact that they plopped about three ounces of cheese and let it melt under their broiler to have that gooey factor in the croque.
As you can see from the “innards” shot, they packed in a ton of ham, enrobed with the melted cheese, all sitting on top of a thick slice of grilled, slightly charred country bread. It was pretty tasty. The ham was still moist, the cheese is melted to a certain stage where it is still gooey and stringy and the crusty bread was a nice contrast to all of the soft, chewiness of the sandwich. This is certainly a hearty sandwich that really fill a hungry person up. In terms of a petite woman, it’ll fill her (or me) up for a good half day.
As for my burger, I haven’t expected a large portion.
The burger itself, is probably 3 ounces of meat, medium rare (as requested) and very juicy. As Adam, the man behind A Hamburger Today, indicated from my photo from Flickr, that it’s coarse ground. It was a good burger but it didn’t tasted as good as Shake Shack’s.
The bun seemed like a brioche (I forgot to ask) and it had a minute sprinkling of salt on top of the bun. It held the meat well, absorbing all of it’s juiciness but the meat was still oozing out juices from the bun.
They had toppings on the side like thinly sliced, sweet pickles, a slice of raw red onion, and a slice of fresh tomato. When I piled it on the burger, let’s just say that there’s too much stuff that every time I bite into my burger, it’ll start falling out from the other end.
The fries were pretty good, it’s salted enough, sprinkled with some herbs, and a bit crisp. Not the greatest fries but they were fine. The side salad was the run-of-the-mill salad they serve here, some field greens of mesclun and frisée tossed with some vinaigrette.
As time passes from my maiden visit to Landmarc, their service has improved and the food is still good. Landmarc’s reputation for their original TriBeca establishment is basically a good wine list, moderately priced food that is good but not extraordinary. I believe Chef Murphy accomplished that same reputation in Time Warner.
10 Columbus Circle, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10019