The Breslin, NYC

I recently had dinner at The Breslin in NYC. The Breslin is a gastropub from April Bloomfield, the British Chef who is also the chef of The Spotted Pig in New York. I had seen an episode of Unique Eats which featured Frank Bruni (formerly NY Times food critic) going on about how wonderful the lamb burger at The Breslin is. I had to try it. That, and the fact the Michelin Guide recently gace The Breslin one star, I had to go.

The resturant is essentially a bar (more pub than bar) in the front and a restaurant in the back. It’s a pretty casual place too. I turned up without a reservation on a week day expecting to hang out at the bar waiting for a table but we got lucky and got a table immediately. The four of us all shared appetizers and we all ordered the lamb burger. Having heard so much about it, we had to try it! The appetizers were decent, not outstanding. Then the burger arrived. I had expected the burger to be too lamby, so was a little tentative about my first bite, but WOW! It was beyond my expectations. Very moist, flavorful and just really enjoyable. The fries were good too and I’m very particular about my fries.

While all four of us were devouring our burgers, a table of about 10 people had an entire pig delivered. What an amazing sight! And then they cut into it, it smelled amazing. I have to go back for it.

The Breslin has a decent wine list at various price points. Even my favorite varietal, priorat! We had a really nice malbec. I skipped the priorat having already had it at a restaurant in London. The wait staff was pretty knowledgeable and helpful with the wine.

The menu at The Breslin is pretty interesting and not what you see at most places. It’s very english and as a result has some odd stuff like blood sausage and pig’s foot on the menu.

The Breslin is a good addition to the NY restaurant scene and as a transplanted Brit, I’m happy I have this as an option.

One Response to “The Breslin, NYC”

  1. Let’s try that pig 😉

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