Midtown Café

By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 13, 2010

From the three Benedict options (one traditional and one with crab cakes), I opted for the poached eggs on muffins (they're not called "English muffins" here; some rivalries die hard for the Irish) with sliced tomato, mozzarella, and red onions ($6.95). I appreciated the waitress asking my preference for the poached eggs, and they were just right, as was the Hollandaise, with a bit of mustard in the sauce.

How did I forget to mention the music and the chocolate cake? The latter was definitive, and McGuigan promises a chocolate bread pudding will appear soon. And who wouldn't find lunch more luxurious with Monk and Coltrane in the background? Or breakfast more beguiling with jazzy mandolin and fiddle? McGuigan's trying for something a cut above the usual daytime eatery, and we think he's found it.

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