It’s not until you see avocado toast on every other menu in New York does it hit you that avocado toast is actually a Sydney (Australian?) thing. Specifically, a cafe brunch staple – occasionally served with a poached egg on top – by a cheerfully sunny waiter. Flat white on the side, essential.
Of course, New York has had to make it its own, sometimes sprinkling pepper flakes on top (see: Cafe Gitane) or pepitas (see: Little Collins). Sorry to say but they are an unnecessary flourish, because all avocado needs is a generous sprinkling of salt and maybe a little black pepper.
NYC’s best avocado toast:
- Riverpark – simply perfect avocado toast: grilled bread, smashed avocado, olive oil and salt. 450 E 29th St.
- Jack’s Wife Freda – posh avocado toast with a dollop of tomato jam and za’atar (which always tastes dusty to me?). 224 Lafayette St.
- The Butcher’s Daughter – skip the 10 buck smoothies and opt for their lick-the-plate clean avocado toast. 19 Kenmare St.
Well + Good profiles their favorite spots for avocado toast.