This place easily comes in as one of my favorite burgers in the city. I tried the bash burger (bacon and onion jam), and the classic (lettuce and tomato). Both came with American cheese as the standard, and both were fucking amazing: great bun, and astounding meat flavor. The fries were perfectly cooked and seasoned as well, and the batter on the onion rings was so crisp and delicious.. I’ll definitely be dining here again, especially for the prime rib dinner.
The bash burger was so good that you didn’t miss the crunch from the lettuce or the coolness of the tomato:
The classic was firing on all cylinders. Every aspect of this thing worked. Tomato was sliced a little thicker than I normally like, but it was not unwieldy because the other stuff was all the right thickness.
It’s no wonder this place, which is run by the same folks at Bowery Meat Company, is running away with all sorts of burger awards.
I went back yesterday with my wife and my parents to celebrate me and my wife’s 6th wedding anniversary.
We did the prime rib dinner for four, which you will need to reserve in advance because they need lots of time to prep the roast (I think it cooks for 8 hours). Check out the menu:
We started with a few brews since we were walking around a lot that afternoon and needed some refreshments:
The family style apps were pretty delicious. First were these little chicken lollipops. Super crispy skin, some Korean style BBQ sauce drizzled over with sesame seeds and some greens. These are addicting. I only wish there were eight instead of six in the order, that way we each could have eaten two. They’re a little too good to stop at just one, despite the massive amount of food yet to come.
The tuna tartare was nice, light and refreshing. It was topped with an avocado spread and served with waffle-cut potato chips. Everything was just right on this dish.
Next up were the individually ordered salads. Since there were three to choose from, we had one of each and then an extra that was doubled. So we ordered two of the beet salads. The beets were perfectly roasted, and the toasted walnuts gave good texture and crunch to the salad. The goat cheese was so soft and velvety, and the orange segments added a citrus pop that really made this salad stand out as the best of the three.
The kale salad had butternut squash, faro and cranberries. This was dressed nicely with a honey mustard vinaigrette.
The last of the salads was apple and arugula with shaved fennel, pine nuts and parmigiano, lightly dressed with a light apple vinegar.
The star of the show is this Creekstone Farms roasted prime rib.
This is a LOT of beef for just four people. The waiter said that it comes out to about 14oz per person, but that is a serious understatement. I think my cut alone, which wasn’t as big as my dad’s, was about 24oz.
So thick and juicy. The seasoning got way down into the meat, and the crust of spices along the outside edges was incredible. The fat was pretty much all edible meat jello – so tasty. Not one bite became monotonous or boring, as is the case many times with prime rib. This had a ton of character. I can’t even describe to you how amazing the restaurant smelled when they carried this bad boy out to us. They also served it with two sauces: bordelaise and peppercorn poivre sauce. Both were great but I tended to hit the peppercorn sauce a little more often.
Even the sides were amazing here. First, I’ve never tasted a tater tot so good in my life. They were perfectly crisp, and herbed up nice with rosemary flavor.
The brussels sprouts were crispy and light, but packed a ton of flavor. I could eat this like a snack while watching TV.
The spinach was perfectly seasoned and sautéed in garlic and oil – no heavy cream to weigh down the meal.
And the potatoes were so unique. They seemed like they were ripped up, baked and fried fingerlings with caramelized onions. They had a really dynamic texture of crisp and soft mixed throughout.
Finally, for dessert we had apple fritters with chocolate truffles, topped with ice cream and caramel sauce. These were like little doughnuts made from apple. Nice and crisp on the outside, with a perfectly cooked apple on the inside. I’m usually not a huge fan of chocolate but that truffle was excellent!
The staff was really great here, and they brought us out a complimentary pair of mini bottles of rose champagne when they overheard us talking about the fact that we were celebrating an anniversary. Really nice touch, and the champagne was tasty!
Overall this is one of my favorite places to eat in the city right now.
The bar has a great, fun atmosphere, and every item I’ve tried here is pretty much an example of the best I’ve had. This doesn’t come as much of a shocker though, because all of the restaurants in their group as just as amazing. If you haven’t been here yet, get your ass down here ASAP and try some of the items pictured above. I promise, you will not be disappointed.
Unfortunately two subsequent return trips to B&B for the prime rib caused me to lower the score on the meat. The first return was the same sized rack, but boneless and for six people instead of four. It was still tasty though. Lets call that 9/10 instead of 10/10.
On the second return, the rack was a slight bit smaller still, boneless and for four people. However the real problem is that we didn’t get the whole rack. The four slices we received were thin – much too thin to add up to the full rack that was presented.
Additionally, the meat kinda sucked. It was grainy, overdone, and flavorless.
Let’s call that a 5/10. So that averages out to an 8, but I’m taking it down to a 7 due to the disppointing downward trend in the prime rib here over the course of a few years time.
My suggestion: stick to the burgers here. I can no longer recommend the prime rib, despite it being a low price tag for the amount of food you get.
BURGER & BARREL
25 W. Houston St.
New York, NY 10012