LATEST PAPER
66° Good Evening
66° Good Evening
Eat and Drink

Mile End serves a 70-layer blini of epic proportions

One of the most decadent brunch items in the city is now on the menu at Mile End in Brooklyn.

The special is ridiculous in size and outlandish in theory but, somehow, it's a reality.

It's called a 70-layer blini and it's made with nearly everything the restaurant is known for, including all manner of smoked fish.

Check out this gigantic, cake-like menu item. If you're hungry, you might get hangry. #Sorrynotsorry.

This is Mile End Delicatessen

The Montreal-style Jewish deli opened in 2010. Smoked
Photo Credit: Diana Colapietro

The Montreal-style Jewish deli opened in 2010. Smoked meats, latkes, smoked salmon, chopped liver and pickles are typical menu items. But executive chef Anthony Nassif was messing around in the kitchen and came up with ...

This, 70 layers of food

It took Nassif about 30 minutes to build
Photo Credit: Diana Colapietro

It took Nassif about 30 minutes to build it, not counting the extra time it took for his prep cook to make the 35 blini, one at a time, in a saute pan.

The ingredients

Blini, sour cream, scallions, chives, pickled fennel and
Photo Credit: Diana Colapietro

Blini, sour cream, scallions, chives, pickled fennel and onions, two types of pickles, smoked salmon, whitefish salad, smoked and peppered mackerel, hard-boiled eggs, smoked sable, bacon, red onions, dill and ikura salmon caviar.

'It's literally everything I have'

Nassif said all the ingredients that go into
Photo Credit: Diana Colapietro

Nassif said all the ingredients that go into the 70-layer blini cake are Mile End staples. But the only thing they don't usually have on hand are the most important to the dish: the blini. How did Nassif come up with the idea? Two people inspired him. His friend posted an Instagram photo of a 35-layer chocolate crepe cake that he'd made. Then, one of the Mile End delivery guys (who is Russian) brought caviar and extra large blini in one day. Then, bam!

Only one per weekend

Nassif said the process of making one of
Photo Credit: Diana Colapietro

Nassif said the process of making one of the 70-layer blini is so intensive that he plans to make only one per weekend. But he thinks he may have also "kinda just [expletive] himself" by posting the monstrosity on Instagram. Since he did that, Mile End has had much interest in the brunch item on social media. Each blini cake has maybe 8 or 10 slices in it, so that's only eight or 10 people who can order it per weekend.

Creamy? That would be yes

It takes a quart of sour cream to
Photo Credit: Diana Colapietro

It takes a quart of sour cream to make it.

This could be your wedding cake!

Nassif said he envisions it
Photo Credit: Diana Colapietro

Nassif said he envisions it "being bigger." He said he wants to make the 70-layer blini with even more layers and wider blini for parties and even weddings. He also dreamed up a charcuterie 70-layer layer cake. "With all kinds of meats and pickles and foie gras mousse, salami and prosciutto..." BIG ideas.

'It's so unrealistic, this thing'

We would say we agree, because just look
Photo Credit: Diana Colapietro

We would say we agree, because just look at this thing, but also just look at this thing. Nassif calls it a "beast."

Hard at work

Photo Credit: Diana Colapietro

"There's a lot happening here," said Nassif, who is Mile End owner Noah Bernamoff's cousin and a Brooklyn transplant -- from Montreal -- of five months. "It's just a [flavor] explosion."

The whole thing weighs upwards of 15 pounds

That's a lot of smoked fish and blinis.
Photo Credit: Diana Colapietro

That's a lot of smoked fish and blinis.

Make it rain

Crumbled bacon is a must for any brunch
Photo Credit: Diana Colapietro

Crumbled bacon is a must for any brunch item.

It costs $30 per slice

Each 70-layer blini cake is cut into slices,
Photo Credit: Diana Colapietro

Each 70-layer blini cake is cut into slices, like pieces of pie.

Comments

We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.

Eat and Drink photos & videos