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“really great cocktails and food”
Review of The Breslin

The Breslin
Ranked #1,114 of 14,211 Restaurants in New York City
Cuisines: American, Gastropub
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Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Manhattan
Reviewed 24 July 2014

we had the burrata, branzino and other snacks... amazing food---also, great service and beautiful restaurant.

Thank marincogirl
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

We are always looking for something new when we are in the city and a few foodie friends steered us to The Breslin. The hotel was surrounded by scaffolding, covering all of the signs, so navigating our way in was the beginning of our adventure. After finding the hotel entrance, we were amazed by the lobby bar that lay ahead... It was full of hipsters tuned in to smart phones, I-pads, and other devices. Not much conversation, it was almost eerily quiet. Wasn't hard to find the restaurant from there since the ambiance was a pendulum's swing away on the decibel level. The dining room was a bit eclectic but hopping, with dark wood and lot's of odd ornamentals about the walls and shelves. Most of the seating in our area was booth bench on one side with chairs opposite. Almost like New Year's Eve at your favorite restaurant, tables were placed about 3" apart. The noise level was pretty vibrant and it was a bit hard to hear, especially with the variety of languages being spoken. But we were there for the food.

Our server Alison was young, energetic, and was well versed on the menu. Despite a fair number of tables, she managed her section efficiently. The menu was heavy on snacks and small plates, with only five entree size offerings to choose from. As we enjoyed our cocktails, I couldn't help but notice a significant number of lamb burgers being shuttled to the surrounding tables. They looked awesome but huge... too many other things that looked yummy, so that would have to wait for another night.

We started off with three snacks. The scotch egg was impressive - the yolk was expertly done, the coating super crispy, and the sausage in between was the perfect compliment. First time for a beef and Stilton pie. It was a flavor packed pastry but the cheese didn't jump out on the taste buds like I thought it might. We also had the rabbit rillette which I found to be a bit bland and the least favorite offering of the night. We followed that up with a few small plates and a side of baby beets (very good). The soft shell crab was small but quite tasty with just the right amount of heat. The curry goat pasty was the star of the night. The spices were spot on and the meat was tender and juicy. I was almost tempted to order one to go. The wine list was great and we enjoyed a nice bottle of Sicilian Rosso with our meal. We passed on dessert, but Alison was kind enough to offer us a round of complimentary glasses of sparkling wine (Asti maybe?) on our way out.

Awesome experience outside of the noise level... Probably try lunch next time around.

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1  Thank Jeffrey G
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

So this is a great old dark bar in lower manhattan. The service was nice, and the decor was very comfortable. However, to get to the bathroom, you literally, have to go through 2 doors, down a flight of stairs, around the corner through a nother door, down a highway, up some stairs past some random desk in the hallway, around the corner again, then down the hallway on the right. In other words, it's a labyrinth away.

Thank Dane C
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

Went to Breslin for breakfast. It was around the corner from our hotel (the NoMad, highly recommend), and we were looking for breakfast outside hotel. Wish we had stayed where we were. First, the atmosphere here is fantastic, and I really wanted to like the place. However, the service was painfully slow. We did come in at the end of the breakfast shift, so I would expect some staff change over and perhaps some missing menu items (and there were many items depleted) however, that is not an adequate excuse for a 30-45 minute wait for breakfast to be served. A little heads up from waiter, or just an update might have helped. We ordered granola and eggs, plus coffee, no special orders. I will say the food was very good, once served. Very fresh (granola was fantastic, sausage divine).
I dont beleive our service experience was out of the ordinary, While waiting for our food, a mid-sized group came in that apparently had a reservation - they were 4 minutes early (arrived at 11:56 versus noon) and the hostess told them they would have to wait becuase they were 'too early'. The restuarant was virtually empty at that time, staff could and should have had this table ready, Seems like this is a place that isnt trying to grow their clientele, but more living off their cooly awesome reputation as a hipster locale. It is all of that, but service should come with the delicious meal.
I would have given a two, but the quality of food earned the three rating.

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Thank Tess C
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

Really, go for the brunch. My wife had a very good baked eggs with chorizo. Very flavorful and good sized portion. What really stood out though was my dish: the deep fried peanut butter sandwich.

It's a peanut butter and banana sandwich made with brioche, dipped in an eggwash of vanilla and bourbon, with panko bread crumbs. THE BEST!

Thank HandEyePhotography
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