Aside from being food geniuses and the makers of our favorite egg sandwiches, Chris and Kelly Anderson, the chefs and co-founders behind Eggdays, have an encyclopedic knowledge of the NYC food scene. We're so excited to pick their brains a bit and share more of their story, below.
Eggdays came from a desire to spend time together doing something that we loved (we always bonded over food and cooking for each other). It starting in the mornings together making eggs, and then it took a creative route. We would experiment with different techniques, and we realized we hadn't seen tamagoyaki used this way in NY. We wanted to create something uplifting and filling for on-the-go New Yorkers. We also wanted to bring the egg to the rest of the day in a portable way that could mix different traditions and tastes.
"We wanted to create something uplifting and filling for on-the-go New Yorkers. We also wanted to bring the egg to the rest of the day in a portable way that could mix different traditions and tastes."
Our egg sandwiches are portable-tamagoyaki. It's never been done this way before in terms of style and composition. Combining two different styles of cooking --tamagoyaki--in a makiyakinabe pan is unique with flavors that are more western in nature. We also wanted to re-welcome the egg to the rest of the day, the way other cultures see it.
Pretty much everything about this year has been unpredictable, and as it goes on we continue to be unsure of what comes next for Eggdays. We truly believe that restaurants, bodegas, delis, bars and cafes are the soul of New York City. They define all the different neighborhoods throughout the 5 boroughs and really set the tone for each unique one. We have made it a point to support local, by purchasing dinner from an East Village restaurant at least 2x a week. In the past seven months, we have seen more storefronts go empty and put up “for rent” signs. We are updating our NYC Guide Compell’d list and deleting places more often than we should. We realize now more than ever, how important our elected officials are. They are the ones who can really help keep the restaurant industry alive in NYC--thus preserving its soul.
Regarding our business, we (just like thousands of others) had to shift our business plan and goals for this year since being a vendor at Smorgasburg wasn’t in the cards. The saying goes that you have to be open and willing to change based on circumstances you cannot change/have any control over. Let’s just say this is really true, especially in times like these! Although Smorgasburg reopened for a weekly outdoor market with a takeaway ordering service, we were unable to participate since we still have our “day jobs”. We searched for other ways to keep Eggdays alive and relevant. We were able to pop up at a bar for a few weeks. Since leaving there in September, we have been popping up every weekend at Milk Money Kitchens which helps local food businesses launch or in our case--stay afloat.
"We truly believe that restaurants, bodegas, delis, bars and cafes are the soul of New York City."
We are lucky in this modern day to be able to still virtually explore places via social media. We cannot imagine experiencing the pandemic of 1917, how did they survive without memes?! People got CREATIVE on Instagram and posted so many recipes, food videos, and still promoted their favorite restaurants. Everyone became so supportive of others restaurants, which was so humbling to see. We saved places that we knew we could easily walk to on Compell’d. Ian of Imma_eat_this also has some great lists on Compell’d that we follow.
Visit our pop up at 50 Avenue A between 3rd and 4th streets in the East Village. We are there every Saturday and Sunday from 9am-2pm until 11/1. You can also get Eggdays™ delivered via Seamless or Grubhub! This experience is exciting for us as we are cooking inside a kitchen for the first time since we started our business. We have always been a mobile vendor, setting up shop outdoors regardless of weather. Now we have actual dining tables indoors and outdoors so guests can sit and enjoy our products.
Thanks so much, Chris & Kelly! It goes without saying that your egg sandwiches are to die for.
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