Single Serving: Egg Tomato Pot at M. Wells in Long Island City

by James Boo on July 5, 2011 · 4 comments

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Since this post was published, M. Wells Diner has close and re-opened as M. Wells Dinette. Egg Tomato Pot may not be on the restaurant’s new menu.

Egg Tomato Pot - M. Wells - Long Island City - Queens, NY
Long Island City’s M. Wells, the Quebec-American diner that stole the heartbeats of pretty much every food enthusiast in New York when it opened in 2010, did so by offering a playful, gourmet spin on diner fare that’s as accessible as it is intrepid. This is especially true for M. Wells’ brunch menu: dishes tend to cost around $8 or $16, but are often executed with skill and flair well above that pay grade – and without a breath of pretension on the side.

Egg Tomato Pot - M. Wells - Long Island City - Queens, NY
The fact that my two favorite dishes sampled to date are soups speaks to the core competence of M. Wells’ cooks. The breakfast menu’s egg tomato pot ($8), starting with a rich and hearty tomato stew in a tidy ceramic bowl, proves that there’s still room for restaurants to infuse creativity into comfort. A single egg, a hefty splash of pesto, and a sprinkle of parmesan are baked into the surface, layering flavor and richness over the already superb, slow-cooked soup. A crusty baguette stuck into the bowl makes this a meal, one I that would love to make at home but that I’ll enjoy just as much at a sun-bathed dining counter in Long Island City.

M. Wells
21-17 49th Ave
Brunch served Tues-Sun, 10a.m.-3p.m.

M. Wells Dinette at MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Ave.
Long Island City, NY 11101


Mr. Micro July 5, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Oh yeah, that’s what I’m talking about. A trip to M Wells for brunch is #1 on my to-do list for my next trip to the city. Great photos, thanks for posting.

James Boo July 5, 2011 at 4:04 pm

I hope you enjoy it, Mr. Micro! And I advise you to make that brunch trip on a weekday, if possible… from what I know the weekend wait still borders on unbearable.

foodhoe July 19, 2011 at 9:58 pm

that looks like the best breakfast ever…

Valerie July 25, 2011 at 2:30 pm

This looks absolutely amazing… delicious, simple, yet creative comfort food. Love it.

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