I think by now, most people have assumed I'm a NYC based blogger or just really love the Big Apple. While I'd love to be living in NYC, the latter is more appropriate at this time. The city itself, the nightlife, the cocktail bars, and of course, the food scene here is truly out of this world. During my trips to NYC in the past few years, I've rarely had an average meal. Well.....probably except for just one.
|April Bloomfield Running the Line|
The brunch at The Breslin came about after the failed dinner attempt at The Spotted Pig a few nights prior, and after hearing many great things about Chef Bloomfield, I knew I had to try The Breslin.
|Pumpkin Pancakes with Spiced Chili Pecan Butter|
The pancakes were fine, but I wasn't feeling the Chili Pecan Butter. Next!
|Fried Peanut and Banana Sandwich with Bourbon and Vanilla|
This was one thing I didn't try, but from what I remembered, the person that ordered it wasn't in love with the dish either.
|Chargrilled Skirt Steak with Green Sauce and Fried Eggs|
This was probably my favorite dish of the meal. Though it would have to be a total fail for them to make me hate steak and eggs. The steak was cooked to a perfect medium rare and remained juicy and tender. The eggs were cooked perfectly over easy.
|Warm Smoked Salmon with Bacon, Chives, and Garlic Butter Sauce|
While I thought this was a good dish, it really wasn't anything special. I was hoping the garlic butter sauce would add something to the smoked salmon. It really didn't do it for me.
|Chargrilled Lamb Burger w/Cumin Mayo and Thrice Cooked Chips|
Now, to the MAIN reason I think most of us came to The Breslin,the lamb burger. I have to say I'm a burger fan. From the time I was 4 years old eating my Happy Meals from McDonald's in the mean streets of Taipei, to trying some of those "hood" burgers in the streets of Inglewood and Compton (Which BTW, are fantastic! Heart attack inducing yes, but fucking fantastic nevertheless), there's really nothing better than a juicy burger cooked medium rare. Now, I hope I came on an off day or something, because the lamb burger just wasn't very good. None of us really cared for it. The lamb patty was fairly dry and bland. Sadly, the thrice cooked chips were the best thing on the plate.
|House Made Sausages|
|House Cured Bacon|
|Bean in Pork Fat|
Above were three of the sides ordered. The sides themselves were fine. Standard meaty goodness, though again, it wasn't anything special enough I had to come back and eat again.
While I might be harsh in my review, my meal at The Breslin was easily the most disappointing to date during my trips to New York City. While I haven't tried the regular lunch or dinner menu at The Breslin, with all the fine dining establishments in the Big Apple, I'd be lying if I said I'm planning to go back and try it again. After the initial disappointment of not making it to Spotted Pig, maybe it was actually a blessing in disguise.
The Breslin @ The Ace Hotel
16 W 29th St
New York, NY 10001