Amazing food and atmosphere
My wife and I initially tried going to a dumpy joint near Penn Station to use a Groupon, but the place was closed. So I said, "Fuck it, babe. Let's go to the fucking Breslin and get some sick grub."
The place is awesome inside. I was digging the bar area so we skipped on getting a proper table. Plus the light near the windows were better for photos.
I had the house gin and tonic, which was dressed up with all spice and a little lime. It was nice.
I ordered the famous lamb burger. Despite the lack of lettuce, this was easily one of the best burgers I've had in Manhattan. Juicy, tons of flavor, not gamey, and distinctly Mediterranean or Greek due to the combination of lamb with feta cheese and red onion. All it needed was romaine and maybe some olives to really make it jump out the gates. The bun was crispy but not too hard to the point where your mouth gets all scratched the fuck up. It was incredible.
It came with thrice fried French fries and a little tub of cumin flavored mayonnaise. The mayo was close to overpowering but not quite. Just enough oomph. The fries were perfect, natural cut golden brownies that were seasoned just right.
My wife tried the seafood sausage. This thing was buttery and bursting with flavor. Made from lobster, shrimp and scallop, you could actually see the chunks of meat in the sausage as you cut into it. So good. Light, too.
I'll definitely be back for the English breakfast and a few other items that looked amazing, like the gingerbread carrot cake pancakes. Maaaaan...
So many hearty dishes and amazing cocktails to choose from at Chef April Bloomfield's popular gastropub in the Flatiron at the Ace Hotel. Her Caesars Salad, Scotch Eggs, and Lamb Burger are some of my favorites in the city. Must try their new Peanut Butter Chocolate dessert..incredible!
The Breslin Bar & Dining Room
happy 4-year anniversary to the NewYorkPorkClub! back to where it all began at thebreslin with the whole suckling pig dinner. thank you to lpshanet & neomagiste for making this group happen and love all of the people who are here celebrating tonight: coelhinhot dimodume protik jackgreata cecile_hart_greata mzneener dschafran & karen mrbillnyc msmarysa lisa_lebofsky mattbruck! oinkingly delish!!! pig pork meaty sucklingpig awesome
the whole suckling pig may be the star of the show at thebreslin but this whole leaf romaine caesar salad w crispy parsley leaves, amazing croutons, whole anchovies & a generous sprinkling of cheese in a garlicky dressing was a fantastic start, especially w that yummy white that coelhinhot chose just for me! NewYorkPorkClub 4-year anniversary dinner!! salad caesarsalad anchovies
these duck fat fried potatoes are a rich & delicious accompaniment to the amazing suckling pig dinner at thebreslin. so crispy, so yummmm. duckfat fries NewYorkPorkClub
the perfect sweet ending to our NewYorkPorkClub 4th anniversary dinner at thebreslin: decadently delish chocolate toffee tarts w creme fraiche whipped cream that we paired w a nutty caramel-y barbadillo sherry that was also fantastic. coelhinhot, you missed out but mattbruck took over for you! thank you again to lpshanet & neomagiste for creating this oinkishly awesome group of porkers! chocolate toffee dessert friends
NYC FOODIE BRUNCH OF THE WEEK: THE BRESLIN
I swear to you that no publicist from The Ace Hotel or their affiliates have contacted me, it is nearly a coincidence that the "NYC FOODIE Brunch of the week" comes to us from The Breslin. I've had both dinner and lunch at The Breslin, and was satisfied with both, and two weeks ago hit the trifecta with brunch.
I ordered the full English breakfast ($21): fried egg, pork sausage, bacon, tomato, and mushrooms. It was the perfect brunch. The pork sausage is made in-house and the bacon is smoked in-house, and both were fabulous. If i wasn't detoxing I would have paired it with a bloody mary, but alas, I went buzzless. Nonetheless, my brunch hit the spot.
Dinner, Lunch, or Brunch at The Breslin is where it's at.
Note: Click here for a later review of The Breslin.
Time was, the cuisine of the British Isles didn’t travel well. No one went to England for the food, and no one opened serious English restaurants anywhere else.
April Bloomfield may be the chef who, more than any other, has proven that the food of her native country can be exported. It began at the Spotted Pig, a West Village hit six years ago that remains impossibly busy at practically all times (and does not take reservations).
Bloomfield and her business partner, Ken Friedman, stumbled at the John Dory, a seafood restaurant in Far West Chelsea that won good reviews, but couldn’t stay in business. Friedman attributed the failure to the lack of lunch traffic in that neighborhood, and inefficient use of the space due to the decision to accept reservations, which he says he regrets.
The Breslin, a gastropub like the Pig, opened last fall. The neighborhood presented a bit of a risk, as West 29th Street is neither a nightlife hotspot nor a residential district. It’s in the unnamed gray space on the Manhattan map, north of Chelsea but south of Midtown. Restaurants too numerous to name have failed here. Nevertheless, they vowed not to take reservations.
By opening in the boutique Ace Hotel, Bloomfield and Friedman at least hedged their bets. Hotel restaurants are usually subsidized, since most establishments feel they must offer their guests a place to eat. A failure would mean leaving the space vacant for a prolonged period, which an upscale hotel would likely consider intolerable. The built-in captive audience gives the restaurant a cushion to rest on.
Not that the Breslin shows any sign of failing: it was arguably the hottest of the fall openings. It was less than half full on a recent Saturday evening, but I hesitate to draw conclusions during a summer weekend. But if this persists I suspect the no-reservation policy will get a second look.
Whether you like the Breslin or not, you have to take off your hat to Ms. Bloomfield, to this extent: She isn’t serving a Scotch Egg or a Beef & Stilton Pie because the market demanded them. No menu consultant gave her the list of obligatory standards that every place in town is serving. When you dine at Bloomfield’s restaurants, you’re getting her cuisine, and nobody else’s.
In a somewhat unflattering one-star review, Sam Sifton complained that too much of the menu sings in the same key: it’s heavy on salt and fat, and as he indelicately put it, tough on the digestive tract. It’s somewhat unfair to penalize the restaurant because he needed to fart, but it is a heavy menu. There is no denying that.
The menu is divided into snacks ($4–8), appetizers ($12–18), entrées ($17–32), and sides ($7–8). Terrine boards are $25 or $42, and you cannot order their contents individually. Even crazier is a ribeye for two at $139; no steak for one person is offered.
I visited the Breslin alone, and tried too little of the menu to form a definite impression. Boiled Peanuts Fried in Pork Fat ($6; above left) is a crazy dish that no one else serves. Whether due to boiling or saturation in fat, the shells are edible, and just as good as the nuts inside.
The Lamb Burger with Feta ($17; above right) is rich and flavorful, but I like the Spotted Pig’s beef burger with roquefort even better. It comes with addictive chips that, in keeping with the theme, are thrice fried.
The service is top-notch, at least by pub standards, as I have found at every one of Ken Friedman’s places. For a former record industry honcho, he seems to understand how to recruit and train a staff. They all dress casually, and indeed, you might have trouble telling them apart from the customers.
Friedman has done his usual bang-up job on the décor, assuming you don’t mind a Disneyfied version of what a real English pub looks like. The space is quite a bit more comfortable than the Spotted Pig, with the advantage of being built from scratch, and not having to fit into a landmarked neighborhood.
The Breslin is, alas, too far out of my way to be on the regular rotation. But there is much more of the menu that I am eager to try, if only to find out if the rest of the food tastes as good as it reads.
I used to love the Breslin. How could you not love the lamb burger? I came here after a long hiatus, and unfortunately I was majorly disappointed. My friends and I shared a few dishes, including the lamb burger and peanut butter mousse dessert. Nothing was particularly remarkable. Sorry, Breslin, but perhaps your golden days are over :(
The Breslin Bar & Dining Room
And we're off!
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Good morning burger lovers. Forget Mary, We had some lamb last night!... an amazing lamb burger crafted from the superstar chef and Michelin star rated April Bloomfield (I will also mention that her burger at the Spotted Pig is also bangin, but back to the lamb burger). Let me start off by stating the obvious this burger is made from lamb, not beef, so there is and should be some gaminess to the meat. I must admit that I slumped into a euphoric state last night as I ate this rich, delicious burger and at times I forgot I was eating lamb. The bottom line is that this is an amazingly well-crafted burger, topped simply with tangy and sharp feta cheese, red onion and finished with some Greek olive oil and cracked pepper. This is a good sized burger and needed the right bun to cage it, but at the same time let the rich meat be the star of the show, and they nailed it by using a toasted ciabatta roll. We were graced by the presence of Burger Weekly and the Long Island Press last night so look for our stories from them this week. If you are looking for a different burger we highly recommend checking out the lamb burger at the Breslin located in the Ace Hotel in NYC. They also get a special nod for the best presentation, delivered on a cutting board, and the burger is accompanied by the best fries we have had so far. The thick fries, or chips as they call them, are thrice cooked to point that the outside is so crispy and the inside is like mashed potatoes, amazing job! They are served with a savory ketchup and a cumin mayo that was delicious. The chef recommended this burger be served med-rare and some did come out rare, but in their defense, getting out 15 burgers at once is no easy feat! Overall they did an incredible job and this burger scored very well. The burger rated 8.6, the bun rated 9, topping rated 8 and the fries rated 9.7! We had 15 hungry guys out last night and the overall rating for the Breslin lamb burger came in at an 8.82! Great job to the staff.
A little video of our shenanigans from the Breslin this week. Still thinking about this amazing burger! Have a great weekend burger lovers! club
TABLE FOR ONE: THE BRESLIN
Last night I had dinner at The Breslin, the new restaurant in the Ace Hotel, that comes to us from the team behind The Spotted Pig: Ken Friedman and Chef April Bloomfield.
The Spotted Pig is a great "gastropub" in NYC, where I go to grab a drink and a bite often, including April's famous burger with Roquefort cheese and shoestring fries. I had heard they were serving up a great lamb burger at The Breslin, and I knew I had to try it.
The space is cool and hip, with much more room than the "Pig." There is a nice bar up front, with seats along the windows, as well as two small islands that seat around six to eight people each. The dining room is a nice space with an open kitchen in the back. I heard they are opening up a second floor in the weeks to come, as well.
I took my seat at one of the islands and started with a bar snack of pork scratchings ($5). They came in a plastic bag with the date they were made (the same date I was there); cute and tasty-- the perfect bar snack.
Then came the lamb burger ($17) with a French goat feta cheese and onions on a sourdough bun from Balthazar Bakery. The burger was great. It was extremely juicy and perfectly cooked. Part of me craved condiments, but the other part realized the burger was perfect as it was, with the lamb flavor and the French feta perfect complements with one another. Also with the burger came some fabulous thrice cooked chips (french fries) and a cumin mayo, that were delicious!
Of course, since I am on a diet, I talked myself into getting the sticky toffee bread pudding ($9) with Turkish coffee, pear, caramel popcorn, and vanilla bean ice cream. I thought the addition of the Turkish coffee was an ingenious idea that made this a splendid dessert!
The Breslin is definitely a cool place to have a drink and a great bite of some British inspired fare. I think it will definitely be a hot spot for a while. With Stumptown Coffee next door, and of course, the Ace Hotel, this corner of 29th and Broadway is truly bringing "hip" up to the Midtown area!
The Breslin Bar & Dining Room
Celebrating jojo_son's birthday with a large format Southern Fried Chicken dinner with all the fixings and avuacachaca cocktails at aprilbloomfield's fantastic gastropub TheBreslin. They serve mashed potatoes! Fab dinner with miss_dezlo glanimal abigailtherese jamescastillo22 avuacachaca and friends! jojosbirthday thebreslin birthday friedchicken nyceats nycfood eeeeeats avuacachaca foodwinewomen
I visited The Breslin alone about a month ago. I felt it was a two-star restaurant at the time, but hadn’t sampled enough of the menu to form a definite impression. Now I can correct that (and Sam Sifton’s wrong-headed one-spot).
I wrote about the background of The Breslin in an earlier review, so I’ll get right to the food.
The Terrine Board (above left) is excellent—the components being guinea hen, rustic pork, rabbit & prune, liverwurst, and head cheese. I wonder why there is no option for a solo diner? It comes in two sizes ($25 or $42), and even the smaller one, which we had, is too large for one person.
A whole trout ($32; above right) was exquisite, its pink flesh moist and tender. We also had the lamb burger and fries once again (the photo is in my earlier review), which was as good as before.
The wine list is a tad expensive, with too few bottles under $50. However, the 2007 Domaine des Martinelles at $55 was wonderful. The list describes it as “the rustic side of Crozes-Hermitage: meat-driven, earthy, funky, and amazingly yummy.” It arrived at the table properly chilled. Even restaurants much more expensive than The Breslin often serve red wine at room temperature.
I don’t know how Chef April Bloomfield divides her time between The Breslin and her other restaurant, The Spotted Pig. She was in the Breslin kitchen the night we were there, apparently (as far as we could tell) looking at every plate that went out.
The space is noisier than I’d like, and I wish they took reservations. The dining room hasn’t been full either time I visited (the packed bar is another story entirely). Perhaps it would even help business to get with the program, and join OpenTable. But I love April Bloomfield’s food too much to subtract points for that, so The Breslin gets two stars from us.
The Breslin Bar and Dining Room is a Pub that is located in New York, New York. The pub has earned a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, and the bottom 35% of those ratings are a 3 star or below rating. Customers have said that the food is what keeps them coming back. Some of the food recommended by customers are the poached eggs, oatmeal, and the hamburgers. Though, the food may seem a little pricey at times, diners have said that it's worth every penny and more. The feel of the restaurant is an upscale mountain lodge vibe that customers have even described as hipster. Though, some customers have said the restaurant is a little to dark and hip for their own good. Customers have said that the restaurant has great service and the staff is friendly and well mannered. Diners have said the waiters are attentive will be prompt to fulfill any request, such as putting cream on a side on bread.