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The Breslin Bar & Dining Room
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!!
Posted by foodie on 10/20/2010
I was sorely disappointed in this place. After trying several "gastropub" type establishments in NYC, I expected more from a "restaurant" in NYC in a lovely location. Unfortunately, this is the type of place to visit for the scene, not food. We both sat at the bar as at 2 PM on a weekday afternoon they were not able to sit down an 7 month (obvious) pregnant woman +1, despite several visible open tables. At the bar, where the interest in our lunch was even less enthusiastic, we both ordered a lamb burger. I ordered mine well done with emphasis on not being able to eat raw meats. Needless to say, the burger was not only medium rare at best, but practically hemorrhaging. Given it took almost a half an hour to just get a raw burger out into a half empty restaurant, I simply did not eat. The service was abhorrent (bartender really could not care less about the 3 people total at the bar), food was repugnant, and the server point blank lied when he handed me the "well done" burger (both were done the same). Never again. Not even when I am able to drink again.
Posted by Layla on 09/21/2010
As I said in a review of another spot, I like places with names that start with "The" - it gives them a sense of gravitas and importance. The Breslin did not dissappoint. The food was meh and the server had typical NY actor attitude, but the scene is great, guys paid for our drinks and it was really a cool vibe. Sometimes being cool doesn't always taste good, but it feels good! Check it out!
Posted by Anonymous on 08/27/2010
It seems that the Chef has drained all of the salt out of the Dead Sea and dumped it on the food. When we commented to the waiter that the food was overly salted the response we were given was that the Chef liked a "bold presentation" - unfortuantely bold and salt mine are not synonymous There was even a sprinkle of sea salt on the dessert. Anyone on a salt restricted diet or who has high blood pressure should avoid this place like the plague or risk a trip to the hospital emergency room. The salt aside - the food was delicious (especially the lamb burger), and the service excellent. The "salty" French fries were to die for (no pun intended regarding the people they might actually kill as a result of the salt); we could not stop eating them and thankfully lived to tell about it.
Posted by anonymous on 07/13/2010
We went for brunch, and it took 20 minutes for them to bring us water after asking several times. The coffee took even longer, and we waited for the food for an hour! How long does it take to fry an egg? The service was completely disorganized and made the whole experience extremely unpleasant. I do not recommend this restaurant. Totally not worth the hype.
Posted by Michelle on 06/17/2010
This is my new favorite spot after work or meeting up with friends before going out. The lamb burger is phenomenal and I love their gin specialty drinks. I just eat at/around the bar & always thought the service was nothing special, but not horrible. Whoever I go with has never been disappointed. The crowd who goes is mixed as well; after work crowd and tourists. It's a bit loud, but that's NYC.