Some pretty tasty mussels Provençal served up with decent frites and a cold Leffe Blonde to wash it down. Oh yeah! Nothing like an impromptu meal discovery. So many different types of dining spots here in NYC hidden down side streets that just turning a corner sometimes exposes one to an unforseen gastronomic delight!
BXL East is a very decent Belgian gastropub located in Midtown that we found after having a few drinks at an Irish pub close by. We walked in after making reservations along the way and were seated at a large table in the back room dining area. Nice menu of food items and beer choices. Plenty of mussels options to choose from with different broths and seasonings. I love Belgian beer, and their brews usually are on the heavier side with a hint of creamy maltiness and higher ABV (alcohol content) with many varieties to choose from. Plus, you can get quite a buzz just by drinking a few!
I found the prices and service to be very acceptable here. Yet, one of my biggest pet peeves are businesses that refuse to crank up the AC when it gets warm outside. This place had me sweating within minutes and it was a good thing they did get it cooled up in here as I was devouring a hot steamy pot of mussels. Seems they read my mind and turned up the AC. I did fully enjoy the meal as the mussels were plentiful, and the pot had a mix of tomatoes, herbs and garlic broth with some veggies mixed in to scoop up at the end, along with a bunch of mussels that had dropped out of their shells. Nothing was being left at the bottom of that pot! Continue reading Come flex your mussels at BXL East in NYC!
Small, dark, dank, crowded, hot inside. SHHHHHH!
Drinking Youngs Chocolate Stout makes it all a heavenly experience!
I had not been to Burp Castle in years, and honestly, not much has changed. Still has the terrific and fun murals of Monks engaged in all kinds of scenes and religious scenerios on the walls. Dark woods and barely enough room to move when crowded. A few small tables on the inside, and a strange gated outside porch area to hang out in. There was music playing when I was here but not too loud. Always a bit warm in here as there really is no AC and just a few ceiling fans. Dimly lit and a bit mysterious. As soon as the sound of conversation and laughter rises to a crescendo the bartenders admonish us to pipe down.
SHHHHHH…….. Continue reading SHHHHHH…..be quiet and drink your beer at Burp Castle NYC.
Got to love when a place like Petite Abeille serves up brunch on a holiday Monday, and also still honors their regular half price Belgian beer weekly special! Double bonus points!
We were here not too long ago when I was off work for a holiday. Big, bright, airy place with plenty of tables. Outside seating too for when the weather is cooperating. A lot of options on the menu for brunch, lunch, and dinner. A stellar beer list with over 20 on tap! Felt so good to kick back with a glass of Leffe Blonde, a glass of Ommegang Rare Vos, and an Allagash Dubbel – each one only $3.50! Hell yeah! Happy Day!
The brunch plates here are terrific. Had to be one of the best Croque Madame’s I have eaten in this city. Large crunchy sourdough type bread topped with grilled ham, gruyère cheese, and an egg over easy. The whole thing was baked, and the egg was cooked perfectly. Just the right amount of yolk ran when bitten into. The bread is lightly toasted and buttered too. Oh my, oh my! Healthy? Hell no. Delicious? Oh good Lord – yes! Continue reading Petite Abeille – a touch of Ooh La La in NYC.