Cask Bar & Kitchen – a bit of class in Bro-Murray Hill NYC.


Now this is a place to grab a proper pint! You ever see the outside of an establishment and then wander inside and feel as if you just walked into an optical illusion? I felt like we walked into a movie set or somewhere in another country. Cask Bar & Kitchen is like that. It takes you away and feel as you are no longer in NYC for a few hours. What amazing decor and ambience. Dark woods, wrought iron railings, candles, oil lamps, cool hanging filament lighting, all types of antique radios and articles are placed on shelves throughout. Brick walls adorned with old paintings and barrel tops add to the classic comfort feel of this fine bar/restaurant. The lighting is dark and romantic inside which adds to the overall vibe. Good selection of music playing just tops it off.

I put my name on the waiting list and told it would be a 30 minute wait. No problem as we found some empty seats at the large bar and settled in for a few tasty beers. They carry a real nice selection of craft beers and cask ales. We went for Ommegang Rare Vos which is a terrific creamy amber Belgian style beer. The bartenders are very accommodating here and they gave us samples of a few beers to try, and were actually very knowledgeable in describing them. Very friendly, hospitable, and beer nerds – always a plus.

205751_542786399078664_2084717067_nThe hostess came by and told me she had a table ready in the downstairs area. She said if we wanted to wait for another 10 minutes she could hook us up with a better table in the top floor dining area. I thought this was very kind of her and she was so nice about it. We waited and took the better table which was in a nice spot up against a brick wall. Another staff person came by to lead us to our table and offered to take our drinks to it, and even offered to hang our coats on the wall rack. I have to admit, the staff here is really friendly and outgoing! Great job!

Our waiter came by and brought over a half loaf of bread with oil and olive dip, along with a bottle of water for the table. Bread is served rustic style on a wood carving board and a big knife. As it was our first time here I asked for a few suggestions. He said the Philly cheesesteak eggrolls were a good starter so we said “why not”? These evil creations were melt in your mouth fatty goodness. But, oh my, those dipping sauces! One was a chili mayo based sauce. The other was like liquefied smoked bacon! Oh yeah!

45563_542783915745579_700961101_nWe decided to share a few entrees. Baked truffle mac and cheese was rich and creamy. It had a baked breadcrumb top that I love so much. Definitely filling and a lot to eat for one person. Also went with the steak flatbread. This was terrific. Steak sliced and cooked medium rare, red in the middle and moist. On a long flatbread with portabello mushrooms, caramelized onions, red cabbage, and melted gorgonzola spread on the top. It is cut into sections for easy access. Served on a long board with a salad at the end and a light dressing on it. This was just too much food and we could not eat it all. I was waiving the white flag near the end signalling that I had enough. When our waiter came by with the dessert menu we just laughed at him. He was a really good guy and jokingly knew we were done.

Yes, this meal was a cardiologists delight! Oh, the gluttony!

19220_542783802412257_1958168561_nIf you go here for dinner try to get a spot in the upstairs area. The downstairs also has a bar and small dining area, not as large or nice as upstairs, but is a cozy place to grab a drink. The upstairs has a long communal table right in the middle of the floor which would be great for a group to dine together. The menu prices are not too bad and are actually very affordable. The selections are what I would call gourmet pub fare. Very good overall. Beers are fairly priced for craft styles. Terrific spot to grab a drink, dine as a couple, dinner with a group, or take a date. Great staff, attentive bartenders and waiters, friendly hostess. Even as we were walking out everyone said thanks and wished us a good night. Will be back just for the terrific atmosphere and friendliness of the staff. We have to sample more of the great beers and food here soon!

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28 thoughts on “Cask Bar & Kitchen – a bit of class in Bro-Murray Hill NYC.”

  1. It looks warm and cozy too. I am freezing in my house today since there was a problem with the gas in my town. I can’t hop on a plane and go here, but I’ll go to a similar place for some pampering tonight. Hopefully it will be heated….

    1. Hey Susie!

      Sorry to hear that you lost your heat. Hopefully your town will fix that soon.

      I think we all need a cozy spot like this to chill out at. Perfect for cold weather.

  2. I just love the ambiance in a place like that, dark woods and brick. And without a doubt there’s nothing like a knowledgeable and accommodating staff. It really does make a difference in how you feel about your night out and how you remember the restaurant.

    1. Hey Karen!

      It’s a perfect spot for a date or glass of wine / beer. Love these places for a quiet meal with dimly lit candle lit ambiance. Problem is I never want to leave.

  3. I just love the look of that place. When you go out everything is important as you want to have a good time and spend your hard earned cash in a decent place. When the staff is friendly and the food good, and the environment brilliant, you have no other option than to return for more and spread the word.

    1. Hey Rum Punch!

      To me ambiance and service can really make any dining experience that much more enjoyable. Along with good food and drink of course. This is one of those spots for sure.

  4. See…this is why people in other places hate hearing about New York. Now we have another thing to envy you for Phil. How jealous that we have no way of enjoying these phenomenal places that New York clearly has in abundance to offer. Absolutely loved the look of this place which gave off a feel of a modern day tavern plucked from the Lord of the Rings. We had never heard of the Belgium Beer you mentioned but being complete alchi’s excitedly put it on our list. As for the food, you have yet again, coaxed us into a completely inappropriate food gasm which we greatly thank you for & hope it took lots of tums to bring your heartburn down. LMAO Luv the food posts Phil PLZ keepem’ coming!! 🙂 Sharing this now our friend! 🙂

    1. Hello Inion!

      Hahaha! Sorry I raised your ire! I can’t help it if NYC has so many great spots to eat at. I’ll never hit all of them!

      Loved the Lord of the Rings comparison. It does have that medieval vibe to it. So happy to give you gals a proper foodgasm! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  5. I would love to go there someday as the food sounds awesome! I’ve never had Philly cheesesteak, except for the ones you get in a Subway sandwich (don’t really think it counts?), but the description you just provided made me drool.

      1. It was wonderful. I had a house full. I cooked 15 dishes and we all ate until we dropped. I hope yours was great too. 🙂 Thanks for all the FF on Twitter.

        I made a new post today because I had a lot of people asking where I was. (Hangs head in shame) I’ve been eating ;).

        1. Hey Becca!

          I was wondering where you went. Guess it takes a lot of time to cook all that, and then eat it too! 😉

          Check out my new post. I need a women’s point of view on this one!

  6. This looks like a wonderful spot for a night out with a loved one. Any place that has quality beer & good service is a must for me. I will certainly have to visit in 2014.

    1. Hey Paul!

      It is one of those spots that is worth the time and cash spent. Good service makes a meal even better to me. Great date spot for sure.

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