OatMeal: Not Just for Breakfast Anymore

Croque Madame (Image: OatMeals)

This is the time of year where city residents exposed to the intense gusts of frigid wind that blow down the city’s concrete canyons crave warmth. Some find it by crawling under the covers. I find it, at least each morning, in the cylinder Quaker Oats box.

But it turns out that oatmeal is not limited to breakfast. One restaurant has been serving up the hearty, gut-warming grain for lunch as well over the last six years. It’s name, fittingly, is OatMeals (get it?), and while you can enjoy your porridge with the usual adornments — think brown sugar, cinnamon, and raisins or blueberry maple walnut — you can also tuck into savory versions of the grain.

Truffle RisOATto (their spelling) features shaved parmesan, truffle oil, sea salt, and fresh ground pepper. If you’re really flying, add a poached egg for an additional buck. All servings, incidentally, come in three sizes: the Baby Bear ($4.50), the Mama Bear ($5.50), and the Papa Bear ($6.50), with certain combinations costing a dollar or two more. If you feel silly saying those names, you can always order by weight: 8, 12, and 16 ounces respectively.

Interiors (Image: OatMeals)

There are also what the house calls Happy Endings, which include S’mores (dark chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate syrup drizzle) and Banana Cream Pie (vanilla wafers, fresh bananas, brown sugar, heavy cream).

OatMeals is open daily till 5 p.m.

OatMeals, 120 West 3rd Street, 646-360-3570