Monday, August 29, 2011

My Only Meal Ever at M. Wells

Egg-Sausage Sandwich
When M. Wells opened last year to rave reviews and crazy waits, I decided to wait until the hype died down a little bit before visiting. But then I wasn't too keen on visiting at all, the dishes sounded very decadent and small enough that you would need to order a few, and this meant eating there would cost a pretty penny. And I was ambivalent about a place masquerading as a low-brow diner when it was more certainly NOT serving diner fare, at all. Then they said they were closing on August 31st, with no guarantees that they'd be back. I was time to bite the bullet and catch a meal there. Lucky for me, a few friends were able to join for a rainy day lunch last week, meaning we could order a bit more than had any of us gone alone. And it was less than $20 a person!

I'll start with the best first: that top photo is the egg-sausage sandwich. Scrambled eggs, melted cheese, and a sausage patty made with quality meat, all on a homemade English muffin. This is the breakfast sandwich of my dreams. It's everything I've ever wanted when hungover, and the second best brunch item in the entire city (behind The Breslin's Fried PB & Banana Sandwich, naturally.) It was just fresh and well seasoned, simpler than some of their more ambitious dishes, and filling should you get your own. It hits every breakfast spot one could have.

Spaghetti Sandwich
The reason I REALLY wanted to go was their spaghetti sandwich. What was it?! They form the spaghetti into a patty and then lightly fry it before serving on a bun with red sauce and cheese (and a giant piece of lettuce) on top. It was good, like an Italian Sloppy Joe, if a bit under-seasoned. It's spaghetti, there should be more herbs involved in the sauce, or swapping out the lettuce for basil leaves. It needed a bit more oomph. I won't crave it in the middle of the night like I have with the egg-sausage, but it's worth a trip to try something a little more out there.

We also split a cheeseburger. The meat was good quality and well-seasoned, but too be honest I was getting full by the time I got around to it. I remember thinking that I would definitely order one if I came back with friends.

And here is the tortilla of the day. When we went the special was shrimp folded into the eggs and potatoes before getting its own frying action. This was actually our first plate of food, and I was ravenous when it appeared. The egg omelette/frittata was a perfect brunch dish even though a bit salty and heavy. Maybe it's just that I like simpler dishes done well? Maybe then it's good that I only went for lunch and not a fancy dinner.

M. Wells
21-17 49th Avenue
Long Island City
(718) 425-6917


jenn from midlife modern said...

You lucked out! When I went, the "special stuff" in the tortilla espanola was some kind of brains and blood sausage. I would have taken shrimp over that any day.
I liked it, but I'd still like to go back to try a few more options.

Chasing James Beard said...

I've been debating whether or not I should go.