The Gilroy. Just the name of this fine cocktail establishment harkens back to the days of the roaring 20’s and pre-prohibition era libations. Not only does this new craft cocktail emporium on the Upper East Side/Yorkville serve a quality drink, but it also offers up some mighty fine gastropub fare! As the reinvention of this part of Manhattan in NYC is taking place lately new businesses such as The Gilroy are helping to usher in a new era.
After a few visits here so far I can righfully proclaim that I am a big fan of The Gilroy. It’s hard not to enjoy yourself here when you are surrounded by a wonderful staff making sure your visit is to your liking with terrific food and friendly service. The first evening we wandered in and took a seat in the cozy back room dining area. The decor features a warm and candlelit atmosphere, seating in the back room, hanging Edison style lighting, a stylish wooden communal table in the middle up front, fun background music, and a nifty looking copper top bar by the entrance. Well thought out to fit the space they had to work with and put together in a classy but inviting way. It’s definitely a step above the normal fratty pubs and sports bars that line Second Avenue where it resides. A perfect spot to being a date, or converse with a few friends late at night in the dim light over cocktails and a bite to eat.
As we looked over the well thought out eclectic menu of dinner and house drink selections we saw a few that caught our eyes. We asked our waiter for a few suggestions and they were pretty much spot-on for our palates.
Marinated Olives – calamata, gaeta, castelvetrano olives, chilies, citrus zest. We are suckers for olives and these did not disappoint! Served with toasted bread strips we pretty much lapped up each one along while dipping the bread into the remaining oil in the dish.
The Gilroy Wellington – beef tenderloin, foie gras, mushroom, puff pastry. Just. Wow. I totally devoured this. Made in a way I never had it I felt like I was eating a high class “Hot Pocket” of beefy deliciousness. Can I have another?
Chicken Pot Pie – slow roasted chicken, seasonal vegetables, pastry top. Full of flavor and thick with ingredients. What’s not to like? I will kill for a good pastry top and this was so satisfying.
Phils Collins – genmaicha green tea infused fords gin, raspberry, lemon, mint, seltzer. A refreshing drink that is both light, fizzy, and great for Summer season.
Heart of Gold – Old Forester Bourbon, maple, grapefruit bitters, smoked bacon
salt. I’m a bourbon guy. Yes, I am. Yes, I really liked this drink! Oh yes.
On our next visit I ventured in here on a Sunday afternoon with friends. We took a spot at the bar and began lively conversation with the bartender, an affable British gent, and proceeded to explore some new brunch options they were launching. First things first – I ordered a Mint Julep in honor of the Kentucky Derby which was perfectly made and served in a copper goblet which kept the drink cold and accentuated the flavor. Just so fine. In fact, many of the cocktails are served in these copper vessels. The bartender did his thing with the proper ice for each drink we had, along with fresh fruits and mint leaves in each. Outstanding! I could sit at this bar all day, sip away at my libation, and watch him contruct drinks one after another. I might have to be carried out of here!
We had even more success with the brunch items. Super fresh oysters on the half shell, malty waffles with fresh berries, creamy mozzeralla with tomatoes, and amazing mini pancetta sandwiches. If these are just a sampling of what’s in store for brunch then I am so there!
Everyone from the owner that we met, to the very knowledgeable bartender, to the attentive staff were exemplary. They make you feel welcome here, and you can tell they have a plan for success with The Gilroy. A passion. Heck, even the clean bathrooms with decor that makes me jealous of my bland apartment commode are well done.
They are hitting everything right here on all cylinders. Bravo!
May I say that The Gilroy is a tasteful, and tasty, new addition to this part of town that absolutely needed an influx of downtown vibe injected into it. I look forward to spending many a night here perusing their cocktail list with friends and family. Rejoice, cheer, and offer a big welcome my neighborhood citizens as we now have The Gilroy close by that offers the locals another magnificent option in the area for quality drink and dining.
The Gilroy – http://thegilroynyc.com/