With so many specialty cuisine spots opening up here in NYC lately it can be a bit dizzying to the average dining patron. With an exploding scene of gastropubs, craft beer joints, cocktail-centric spots, and terrific dining options there is no shortage of new places to discover. So much wonderful food and drink that having a gym membership is almost a requirement just to burn off all the extra delicious calories! One such spot that I am overdue in writing about here is Jacob’s Pickles on the Upper West Side. What’s not to like about this place? Sure, it’s a touch of Brooklyn hipster central located uptown on the UWS, but damn son, Jacob’s Honey Chicken and Pickles are da shizz!
If you have a hankering for good old-fashioned stick to your ribs comfort food then head on in and be sure to loosen up the belt or jeans top button. Always start with their freshly baked fluffy but dense biscuits & fixin’s that comes with house strawberry & orange preserves, clover honey, and organic butter. This in itself is a meal but just a warm-up for the gluttony to come. Oh yes, the honey chicken & pickles buttermilk fried chicken. Oh. Mah. Gawd! What you receive on your plate is a deceivingly fulling portion of finger licking good crispy buttermilk fried chicken slathered with clover honey and hot sour pickles. If they only offered a nap room with hammocks in the back after eating this. Zzzzzz………
Of course, any visit here should include a sampling of pickles. I love a good pickle and they do it up right here. From light and crispy fried pickles to about eight varieties served in pickle jars. Sours, dills, sweet, spicy, and more. Oh, and after all this if one can fit in a dessert check out the banana wafer pudding, fried Oreos and ice cream, or biscuit bread pudding. Yowza!
Can’t forget about the terrific cocktails on the menu to go along with a pretty nifty craft beer selection here that are American based. Enjoy a pint or two with your meal, and perhaps just go with a growler. They even have root beer on tap that comes from Abita, Sprecher, and Saranac!
Terrific atmosphere featuring a rustic woodsy decor and dim lighting to go along with an appealing friendly staff. Seems like it’s always busy here, and a bit loud, but we have never had to wait all that long to score a table for two. Weekends and prime dinner hours are the busiest for sure. Overall reasonable prices that won’t melt the credit card, but make you feel you also get your money’s worth.
Beer. Biscuits. Pickles. That’s comfort food to the max, and always worth a cheat day when it comes to your diet. If you’re a fried chicken lover and fan of pickles it’s worth a trip uptown or across town to sample the goods here. That bathing suit can wait on an extra few days of treadmill training. Burn baby burn.
Jacob’s Pickles – http://jacobspickles.com/