June 23, 2005
I wish I had seen the lager and lime before I ordered mine, because hers was a lot better than mine. The blond ale was just too mild for my taste--no flavor at all. The lager and lime, on the other hand, was a great combo. They also offer a shandy here, as well as a Dunkel which has chocolate and caramel notes--sounds intriguing doesn’t it?
I ordered a shrimp cocktail,
followed by a Ploughmans Platter. The shrimp were huge and perfectly chilled, with great texture. I would have liked more horseradish in the cocktail sauce, but that is my personal preference.
The Ploughmans Platter was a combination of buffalo wings, baby-back ribs, beer batter fries, and onion rings topped a soft beer pretzel.
It was huge--way too much for me to eat at one sitting. As they say, dinner for one, appetizer for two. Every individual piece of the platter was good, the wings were large and meaty, the ribs fell off the bone, and the onion rings were divine. It was a very good choice. We took the leftovers back to our room for a late-night snack.
Al had the French onion soup and the 14-oz. char-grilled sirloin steak,
creamed spinach, mashed potatoes,
and frizzled onions. The soup was mild and very cheesy, and the steak was perfectly seasoned and cooked. Cindy got an order of mussels, and they were excellent, steamed in spiced beer. Jeff ordered a grilled chicken sandwich with roasted red peppers, aioli, beefsteak tomato, baby arugula, and fontina cheese. It was another winner.
Our waitress was a lot of fun, and we enjoyed dealing with her. It took us a while to get seated, because the hostess was away from her station, but that was the last time we were neglected. The ambience here is vibrant, as are the colors. This is not traditional brewpub décor; it's much more modern. It is also very loud, with blasting music. It isn’t the place for a romantic dinner, but for really interesting and well-cooked food, it gets my vote.
From journal Doing New York City My Way