I'm a Southern boy. My mom grew up in West Virginia, and her family hailed from the Deep South for many generations prior. The way I grew up, vegetables were cooked till soggy and seasoned with bacon or hamhock; a picnic wasn't a picnic without fried chicken, homemade slaw, and deviled eggs; and the breakfast of champions was biscuits-n-gravy. More specifically, buttermilk biscuits doused in cream gravy with sausage. \r
Now, I'm VERY picky with my biscuits-n-gravy. Even back home, I never order this out because no restaurant I've been to makes it half as good as the women in my family. I don't even make it for myself. IMHO, I make the best damn buttermilk biscuits I've ever tasted, but my gravy is lousy and you can't even find the right kind of sausage in my local groceries, so I stick with buttered biscuits on a Saturday morning. I let my mom make the gravy.\r
It was a moment of desperation that led me to try the biscuits and gravy the first time I visited Egg. I hadn't been back home in way too long, and my wife developed a dairy allergy last year so I don't make many buttermilk biscuits these days. I wasn't paying anyway--a friend was treating--so I figured what the heck, and ordered.\r
Oh, man, these biscuits and gravy are GOOD! They are honestly the best I've ever had in an eating establishment--any time, any place. I keep going back to Egg, and haven't yet ordered anything else of the menu (but I've tasted from friends and everything else is excellent too). \r
If you want to try some legitimate southern-style biscuits and gravy, Egg is the place to go. And if you have company from the South, swing by Egg and give them the surprise of their life--they'd never believe NYC gravy could taste so good.
Pros: Quality of food is excellent - really quiet on weekday mornings