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Posted by AJH on 02/26/2011
I've had breakfast here twice, because I thought it deserved a second chance. The first time: full English breakfast. Everything so dramatically over-salted I felt as if someone had belt-sanded the inside of my mouth. When I mentioned to the waiter that the food seemed a tad salty, I was told that "The chef likes to season heavily." Second time: having learned my lesson, I ordered poached eggs with lentils. My friend asked if she could have a boiled egg, but was told by the waiter that this would be impossible, as the kitchen "had no boiling water". (Presumably the poached eggs were made using some sophisticated sous-vide process not requiring a pan of boiling water) So she ordered the same as me, and both dishes turned out to be so over salted, etc... There will be no third time. Need I mention that it was also preposterously expensive?
Posted by JDR on 01/25/2011
Loud... expensive... great waiter but could someone please go back to the kitchen and tell everyone who works there to show even the slightest restraint with the salt shakers? Did someone translate pinch to fistful? The lamb burger would really be tasty if it hadn't been drowned in salt. The famous pig's foot for two is an amusing idea but ends up being like paying $46 for a nose to tail experience inside a kosher salt box. The terrine plate was the blessed relief from salt. The terrines were excellent.. Too bad it was first! The creamy mouthfeel from the onion soup with marrow couldn't overcome the blast of... you guessed it.. salt!! The bartender, Paul, does a great job mixing fun and unique cocktails. The value of the cocktails is, as usual, non existent but, they were tasty. All in all if you like really loud places with really salrty food run, don't walk to The Breslin..
Posted by nhdb on 01/17/2011
There are two kinds of restaurants in the Breslin's class: (1) those that care most about the food and showcase it with the best possible atmosphere and service; and (2) those that care most about the scene they are creating, with the food itself relegated to a supporting (if any) role. Regrettably, the Breslin falls into the latter category. This restaurant's no-reservation policy undoubtedly creates an atmosphere of buzz, but the wait will be long, and in our case, tables were assigned on an apparently arbitrary, if not discriminatory, basis. The service staff consisted exclusively of young 2o-somethings, some of whom were trying their best, and some of whom exhibited affected (or perhaps actual) indifference. The bar server, for example, advised us that no blended scotch was available, although we had previously ordered some and were able to obtain it from the bartender ourselves. On the plus side, our table server knew the menu well, and was able to help us put together a pretty good meal. And the food? The small terrine plate was a hit with everyone at the table, as was the scotch egg - a deep fried monstrosity with a juicy sausage coating and a runny yolk that I defy anyone not to love. The rest of the meal (seafood sausage, bruschetta, sides, chips) was just okay, and a pork belly entree was a greasy disappointment. In sum: if you want to be able to say later on that you went here, this is a good place to go. If great food in a great setting is your goal, you are probably better off elsewhere.
Posted by ninster on 12/21/2010
So my bf and I ventured out to the Breslin after seeing it featured on the Food Network and all the great reviews. We went for my bday and we waited for about 40 mins for a table at 6PM. They were tons of empty tables, but it seemed like all their workers took their time in clearing the tables, seating guests or taking people's names. They were just socializing with each other the whole time. We saw 4 empty tables sitting empty for a good 25 minutes when there were a crowd of ppl waiting! We ordered the mussels for apps, which was very salty and I ordered the pork belly for my entree. I LOVE pork belly but this is the worst I've ever had. There was a teeny tiny amount of actual meat on it, it was wrapped in a huge pillow of fat! I mean I love fat, but I can't eat a glob of just plain fat! It was totally inedible, the mashed potatoes was just blah. For $28 for that meal, I expected al least a decent piece of meat. Very disappointed, will not return.
Posted by jake the snake on 12/10/2010
I had to write another review as after I ate dinner at The Breslin last week I realized that this place is on fire!! Of course I had to have the pig's foot, even though it was not on the current menu, but was available and AMAZING!! Also had the rib steak. Send Wolfgang over there to learn how to cook beef!! Veggies were perfection, and of course, thrice cooked chips!!! Dine with a group so that you can order it all!!
Posted by in response to "foodie" on 12/06/2010
your name must clearly be a joke, or meant to be ironic, for no self-respecting foodie would ever, everorder a $18 burger at a fine resto well-done. that is like ordering your $50 rib-eye charred to a crisp--it's not only a waste of money, it's an insult to the chef. that said, if you can't eat "raw meat," you would do better to order the amazingly decadent pork belly, which is fatty, cooked to perfection, and comes with its own cannister of fat-juices. or the thrice-cooked chips, meaty and tender on the inside and crispy and piping hot on the outside. or, i don't know, the grilled cheese, which is the best thing you will ever have, with a grainy mustard that tastes of cinnamon and on bread so amazingly golden. if you're looking for healthy food, this isn't the place for you. if you don't know about april bloomfield's penchant for salt and you aren't willing to wait a while to be seated (read: up to 2 hours), this also isn't the place for you. and lastly, if you're going to want your burger well-done, please go to midtown and order one at the TGIFridays--I'm sure they'll be happy to serve you.
Posted by jake the snake on 10/28/2010
Had dinner the other night at the Breslin and made sure to have the pig's foot. Boy was it big and tasty!! The size of an infant's leg, it was a nice modernized interpretation, and when you got down to the toes, the gell was like butter!! Pair this up with an amazingly fresh and robust Caeser salad and, add-on their thrice cooked chips for an utterly amazing experience!!