I love eating good food with good friends, but that doesn’t mean we’re so good at figuring out the bill, which sometimes means not so good times, if you know what I mean. Which is one of the reasons I’m kind of crazy about Grey Dog in New York City, especially for brunch. It’s somewhat of a cafeteria style set up — you get in line, order your food, and then pay before sitting down. Everyone on his or her own terms. Love that set up, since it also gives you time to catch up with people while you’re waiting in line. Not to mention the adrenaline boost from trying to decide what you’re going to order, which is pretty thrilling on a Saturday morning, but that’s neither here nor there.

But enough rambling from me, and on to the food. Grey Dog delivers a robustly varied menu, serving everything from breakfast — eggs with home fries and toast, challah french toast, bagels and lox — to full on lunch — every kind of sandwich you could want, from chicken clubs to tuna melts and tofu wraps. Soups, salads, and don’t even get me started on the desserts — straight up ridiculous.

The last time I was here I went with the turkey sandwich with Granny Smith apple and brie, which was topped with a raspberry mustard that gave a brilliant wisp of heat, and was perfect on sourdough. I also got a slide of the blackberry crumble, which is quickie devoured by everyone at the table. My friend got the Grey Dog’s Breakfast, which is your choice of home fries, eggs any way you like, french toast or pancakes, and a choice of bacon, sausage, or ham. $10 for the sandwich, $13 for the breakfast.

There are three locations in the city, but I’ve only been to the one on Mulberry Street in NYC’s SoHo neighborhood.

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