Oxtail Benedict, Comme Ça

If you’re ready to completely fall off the resolution wagon, dive headfirst into this rich brunch dish. Beautiful, flaky gougeres are topped with succulent, slow-braised oxtail, spinach, poached eggs and truffled Hollandaise sauce. Don’t bother thinking about how much time you’ll have to spend on the treadmill to work this off. After the first decadent bite, you won’t care. $14, in the Cosmopolitan, 698-7910.

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