Whenever people find out I’m a food blogger, they invariably recommend a restaurant in NYC I absolutely have to try. I keep a running list on my phone so whenever I’m planning a meal I have a wonderful selection of restaurants to choose from.
Several people have recommended Brindle Room in the East Village, so when my friends and I wanted to get together for dinner I knew it would be the perfect spot. And I was right!
Or should I say, they were right!
It’s a very small restaurant (I’ll bet the restaurant uses the word “cozy” on its website)! The only tables they have are the ones shown below. This means even if you have a reservation you will likely have to wait a little bit before you sit down. And you definitely need a reservation!
We had a fun group that evening, with Davide and Nicole joining in.
As well as Michael, Ann and Greg!
We started with a significant number of appetizers, as all good meals should!
This is the Biscuit Flatbread with fried chicken and toum sauce. It is so good!
I’m not really a Fried Pickles person, but we ordered a batch and Greg said they were the best fried pickles he’s ever had. And you know that is high praise since he is a fried pickles person!
When you visit Brindle Room, you absolutely, positively have to order the Pork Confit Poutine. For those of you who’ve never been to Canada (I was one of those people until a few years ago!), poutine is French fries topped with cheddar cheese curds and gravy. It sounds kinda gross, I’ll admit, but it tastes fabulous! And Brindle Room tops the familiar dish with pork confit, making it even more delicious.
We also ordered the Smoked Chicken Wings which are dry rubbed and hickory smoked. They were good, although we were a bit surprised by the presentation. We were expecting bar-style chicken wings instead.
For my main course I ordered pasta (as usual)! I had the Fennel Sausage Penne topped with parmesan. It was good but didn’t blow me away.
We’d heard good things about Brindle Room’s burgers, so some of the group ordered the Sebastian’s Steakhouse Burger topped with caramelized onions and American cheese. Greg liked his a lot, but the burger at Mel’s is still his favorite.
Our table also ordered the Crispy Pork Belly which comes with house-made spicy sauerkraut. It was pretty good but again not remarkable.
And Michael ordered the prettiest dish on the table, the Boston Blue Fish with beet risotto and fennel salad. He loved it!
And we loved spending time together!
To find out more information on Brindle Room, and make a reservation, click here.
Keep those restaurant recommendations coming!