Brunch truly is the one meal to rule them all, and this fall, The Knick is upping the ante. Executive Chef Christopher Engel has taken the meal to new heights at St. Cloud rooftop, launching a NYC brunch menu inspired by his German heritage. “There will be a German and historic touch in everything I’m cooking,” the Frankfurt-born chef says. “It’s going to be great!”
Why? Partly because the dishes hold a special space in Engel’s heart. Take the waffles, which Engel makes using his mother’s recipe. “I grew up in a big family, with four older brothers always fighting and yelling at each other.” says Engel. “My mom would invite us all for lunch, and the dessert was always these waffles with cherry compote and whipped cream on top.” A take on Belgian waffles, “these ones jive with memories. That’s why I love them.”
Also on the menu are Strammer Max, an open-faced sourdough sandwich with speck and an egg sunny-side up. “It’s something you’d eat after a long night with a lot of booze,” says Engel. “It fits perfect for the brunch concept, when people often want something very hearty.”
Another treat is the schnitzel BLT sandwich with sourdough bread and lingonberry. “Americans think of German and Austrian cuisine and think of the schnitzel,” he says, “but every German or Austrian would probably kill me for this. We’d never make a sandwich out of schnitzel at home….it’s a holy dish!” But Engel’s take on the new sandwich? “It’s great, very crispy, juicy and flavorful.” He may be onto something by putting an American spin on the classic dish. “I’ve heard schnitzel is the trend dish for 2018!”
The Details: NYC Brunch Inspired by the Flavors of Germany
Be sure to taste Chef Christopher’s German creations yourself at St. Cloud, served every weekend (weather permitting) from 11am-3pm. On Sundays, jazz group the Underground Horns will play from 12-3pm.