|Call light for the waitress at the Breslin Resaurant, NYC|
I had a lot of positive and fun commentary on this July 2010 blog post written for Virginia Living Magazine. Thank you all! Here it is in it's entirety including the photos I took (or tried to take) in arguably the darkest restaurant I have ever experienced.
Post by Joanie Ballard
Photos by Robert Ballard and Joanie Ballard
When a restaurant offers not only great food but unique ambiance and surprising décor, I will return again and again. Sometimes décor alone makes the difference between a nice dining experience and a fabulous one. Being a visual person who loves originality and theatricality, inner excitement abounds when these elements come together on the first visit to a new shop or restaurant.
I had a high-protein and an exceptional experience at The Breslin, located at 29th and Broadway in New York City, connected to my favorite Stumptown Coffee Roasters and the Ace Hotel, all which officially opened in October 2009. The menu, service and interiors of The Breslin were energizing, imaginative, unconventional and full of visual treats. Robert and I ate at the restaurant three times over the course of a week simply because we were enamored with the fare, offbeat style and moody essence of the place.
|Busy Breslin Kitchen|
|Oil lamp and Cocktail Menu|
Our first visit started with a Classic Gin Cocktail from their Gin Cocktails Menu, which was delivered quickly and had a tart and tangy finish. We then both ordered a Char-grilled Lamb Burger with French feta, cumin mayo and triple cooked crispy chips (entrée priced at $17.00, but had great taste and juicy character, so all is good). It was served up and eaten on wooden butcher boards along with hefty steak knives. Our second visit was for a nightcap, Grey Goose martinis for two--delicious, which we imbibed in a lively and crowded bar area and whose muscular bartender was a budding actor (well, he sure looked like one), who was attentive, quick and jovial. Our final visit was for an early breakfast and I ordered hot scrambled eggs with herbed feta and several strips of house-cured bacon (undercooked bacon--my only unpleasant critique), and Robert had eggs over-easy with gratifyingly large links of English sausages which I also indulged in as well.
|One of many pig elements adorning the restaurant.|
|Ceiling above in one part of the restaurant|
Finally, I loved the vintage-styled menus as they give homage to a bygone era, typed up in a youthful manner on an old Smith-Corona. As you can tell by the photos, this is the darkest restaurant I have ever been in. Grub Street New York and the N.Y. Times have slide shows of the restaurant interiors too, but there are so many odd finishing touches to this place that it is worth a long, leisurely visit. You can also check out their inventive website which will set the stage for your absolutely juicy dining experience: www.thebreslin.com
The Breslin, 16 West 29th Street & Broadway, Phone: (646) 214-5788, no reservations
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