April Bloomfield is no stranger to the NYC restaurant scene. The Spotted Pig, her original New York outpost, resides in an original West Village carriage house, and serves up British and Italian comfort food favorites, including an infamous burger that helped the spot earn a Michelin star six years in a row. The scene takes the tone of a rowdy raucous English pub, though with vastly better food and a carefully curated wine and craft beer selection. Bloomfield’s two spots in the Ace Hotel, located in the Flatiron, offer a slightly more classy vibe, though no less fun. Start your night with some oysters, small bites, and cocktails at the immaculate and lively John Dory Oyster Bar, them move your party over to the Breslin, just across the hotel lobby.
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The Breslin serves up a meat-centric menu, so while it might not be the place to embrace your healthy new years resolutions, it’s certainly the perfect spot to treat yourself to comforting, seasonal, and artisanal nose-to-tail cuisine. The menu builds around local produce and meat from small farmers and growers, making the socially conscious feel a bit better about indulging in meat. Handmade terrines, sausages, and charcuterie populate the winter menu, abound with roasted, caramelized, creamy, salty flavors.
The Breslin offers a full list of beers and wines, but their cocktail menu is not to be missed. The penecilina, mixed with pueblo viejo, del maguey vida mezcal, , fresh ginger, and freshly squeezed lime juice, is smokey, spicy, and dangerously drinkable. If you’re in the market for something more classic, the house g&t, made with Ford’s gin and a house prepared allspice lemongrass tonic, offers a fresh twist on an old classic.
The Lamb Burger Is Not To Be Missed
A list of small plates perfect for sharing tops the menu, but if you’re in the market for something more substantial, look no further than the lamb burger. Sweet ground lamb is char-grilled and served on a warm bun with feta cheese and cumin mayo, with a side of thrice cooked chips (fries). Juicy, super tender, and packed with flavor, it’s the ultimate splurge. For large groups, the Breslin offers a fried chicken feast, or a whole pig roast, not for the faint of heart.
If you’re in the market for something a bit lighter, the winter vegetable salad with pecorino sardo & charred onion vinaigrette fits the bill. Bright and fresh, it’s the perfect complement to the menu’s other fatty fare. For dessert, the peanut butter mouse, with dark chocolate, banana sherbet, and coffee, offers the ideal sweet bite to round off your meal.
The Breslin doesn’t take reservations, but if you go and put your name down, you can head next door to the John Dory and enjoy some oysters and drinks while you wait. Or you can wait at the Ace Hotel lobby bar, complete with a massive vintage American flag draped behind the bar. The people watching in the lobby is not to be missed. If you’re nice to the hostess, she might seat you in one of the coveted back booths, which feel like you’re riding along in an old vintage train car, all to yourself.
Great Friends, Great Food, Great Times – It’s At The Breslin
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