The Breslin: A Pub with an Edge
Ever since I traveled to Ireland over the summer, I have had a really deep appreciation for pubs and “pub-like” atmospheres. So when I stumbled upon the The Breslin, a unique British gastro-pub on 29th & 5th ave, I was extremely excited and knew I had to eat there. I love being adventurous when it comes to food, and the menu really peaked my interest with a unique selection ranging from onion and (bone) marrow soup to pig’s feet for two.
I decided to invite one of my best friends, who is also a big fan of Manhattan food adventures, to join me on my visit to The Breslin. We decided to go for lunch on a Tuesday. Being that it was Tuesday, we did not think it would be very crowded, but to our surprise we had to wait about fifteen minutes to get a table. While we waited at the bar, I noticed that the Breslin is not just your basic pub like the ones that can be found in midtown Manhattan. It has more to offer: it is cozy and relaxed, yet upbeat and trendy. After observing the atmosphere, it became obvious that the Breslin is the perfect place to have a lunch break and escape from the busyness that surrounds in the streets of the city.
My friend and I were led to get a table in the back of the restaurant where the lighting changed from natural to dim. We sat down and began to browse the menu, even though we already sort of had an idea of what we wanted. Originally, we were going to have some wine, but we noticed that the drink menu had an eclectic selection of gin and beer cocktails, so we decided to take the plunge and get ourselves some gin. I ordered a tonic and grapefruit and my friend ordered the gin and lavender.
The waitress brought our drinks to the table and after one sip, my friend and I both noticed that the gin was a bit too prominent to say the least. A little too strong of cocktails for a lunch date, so if you are in the mood for a lunch cocktail, I don’t recommend going for the gin.
The Tonic and Grapefruit (taken with @nycdinig Instagram)
After a while of thinking through our meal, my friend and I finally made up our minds and placed our orders. To start, we would share the Onion and Marrow soup with parmesan toast and the Lamb Scrumpets and for our entrées, my friend got the Fish & Chips and I ordered the famous Lamb Burger with Feta cheese and cumin mayonnaise.
Our Onion and Marrow soup with Parmesan toast came out first and we did not hesitate to eat it, even when it was still steaming intensely in front of us. Primarily, the waitress had told us that the marrow is more prominent in the soup than the onion, which made my friend a bit nervous, but we were pleasantly surprised to find that it was not too earthy or “meaty.” The soup was thicker than traditional French onion soup, but a lot oilier due to the marrow. The marrow made the soup a bit earthy but was balanced out by the sweetness of the onions. Not only was the broth delicious, but the Parmesan toast in the middle was crunchy, yet soggy, and added a cheesy dimension to the stew. To say the least, we were very surprised by the onion and marrow soup.
Right when we finished our soup, our lamb scrumpets with mint vinegar were brought to the table. My friend took a bite and was not a fan of how earthy they tasted. I, on the other hand, loved the lamb scrumpets because I am a huge fan of lamb. They basically tasted like fried lamb shank and are definitely very meaty tasting, so if you do not like lamb or the taste of meat, you should probably refrain from ordering the scrumpets. Although I liked the scrumpets, I was not a fan of the mint vinegar served with them. In my opinion, the vinegar was a bit too strong of a dipping sauce to pair with the already intense taste of the lamb.
I ended up eating both of the lamb scrumpets (oops), and conveniently right after I finished, our entrées were brought to the table. My friend and I decided to follow through with our plan of action and try to share our entrees, but that did not work out as planned because she did not like my burger and I was not very fond of her fish and chips. As I said earlier, I am a huge fan of lamb, so when I took a bite of the Lamb Burger with Feta Cheese (I left the cumin mayo on the side) I was very, very pleased. I had already read raving reviews about the lamb burger, but I am so happy I tried it myself because…why wouldnt I? The burger was served medium rare, extremely juicy, and on a perfectly toasted bun which, when bitten into, makes a delightful “crunch” sound. The lamb in the burger is very different from that in the scrumpets in that it is red meat and the lamb in the scrumpets is fully cooked and has an earthier lamb shank taste. The feta cheese also complimented the rich flavor of the lamb so well that I decided to leave out the cumin mayo.
My friend’s fish and chips were light and flaky, almost as if they were fish tempura. When I took a bite, I felt that they tasted kind of dull and lacked salt. However, my friend said she really loved the fish and chips, but she also ordered a side of vinegar to dip them in which probably added some of the missing saltiness back. I personally liked the lamb burger a lot more than the fish and chips, but I think it depends on each individual palate. Also, both the fish and chips and the lamb burger came with a side of fries, which were fried to a golden crisp and salted perfectly.
By the end of the meal, my friend and I still did not finish our cocktails because they were way too strong and did not go well with either one of our dishes. I have come to the conclusion that if you are not a usual gin drinker, you probably should not go for a gin cocktail to start your meal off. Otherwise, I definitely recommend the onion and marrow soup and the lamb burger with feta cheese because they are pretty unique dishes that are also quite delicious. If I did not like lamb, I would probably try the oven baked three-cheese sandwich with onion marmalade and mustard for lunch. I also plan on returning back to the Breslin for dinner and getting the pig’s feet or two, so stay tuned for a review on the dinner as well! Over all, The Breslin has a great atmosphere and uniquely delicious dishes. However, the gin cocktails were not very enjoyable and the lamb scrumpets and fish and chips have acquired tastes. Follow your instinct with what you order.
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!
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...
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.
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
The Breslin Bar & Dining Room
And we're off!
We approve this burger! burgersocialclub review
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!
December 27, 2014 The Breslin at the Ace Hotel
On my last day in New York we decided to head out to the Ace Hotel for breakfast at the Breslin. The wait was about 45 minutes, so we make our way out to the lobby to grab a cup of coffee at Stumptown coffee. It’s hard to find a seat in the lobby, as we are surrounded by hipsters and tourists lounging on the couches and using the free wifi.
I had the raspberry & cornmeal pancakes with raspberry butter ($17). The pancakes were tasty, but for $17, I expected a little more.
We also had the fried peanut butter & banana sandwich with bourbon & vanilla ($11) which was the favorite of the day – something a little different!
What’s your favorite dish at The Breslin?
The Breslin: Love at first bite… Whole Sucking Pig
May 09, 2011 ChubbyChineseGirl
“Oh little piggy, how I love thee. Thy luscious crisp skin and thy tender, moist and juicy nourishing flesh” (drooling as I’m reciting… hard to concentrate).
Dear Food Diary:
This was an epic dinner months in the making. Back in Feb, when I met Gypsy-Addie at a blogger’s dinner for the first time, we instantly hit it off and planned for this feast. It took months of going back and forth over emails. Getting 8 piggy-vores together on the same night, while making sure The Breslin could accommodate us before 10 PM wasn’t easy. But numerous calls and emails later, we signed the contract and were ready as ever!!!
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.