A friend and I met up in New York City to take our kids to MARVEL’S AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. at Discovery Time Square. Before our ticketed entrance time, we walked over to Brickyard Gastropub on 9th Ave for a quick-lunch. It was such a nice walk from Grand Central to the restaurant; we browsed the entire M&M store and bought the multi-colored, multi-flavored chocolate, were accosted by the Cookie Monster from Sesame Street, stopped by the aggressive Big Bus tour guides, and got pushed around by the crowds in Time Square. Such a quintessential New York Experience. #NYC #TimeSquare
I picked Brickyard Gastropub to satisfy two diverse palates: one – only wants a burger and very particular about how the burger is done and two – wants more of a worldly cuisine and anything different from the popular norm. Brickyard offers BYOB, Build Your Own Burger, and ingredients on dishes that you would not expect from a burger joint, such as lamb in chill, Gruyère in cheese steaks, or duck fat fried potatoes. It turned out to be a great option.
Out of our party of four, three of us ordered a burger. Brickyard knows their burger. The meat was done correctly per our order. It was charred but still juicy and tender; it was seasoned well that you don’t need to look for ketchup to enhance the umami. In fact, I was happy to just eat the patty and not eat the buns. The less adventurous eaters of our group also approved the burger. This is definitely a place to bring your family and kids to. It offers both the “plain” and the “fancy” variety of burgers.
My friend ordered the Brickyard Poutine: wedge cut duck fat fried potatoes, melted Gruyère & cremey Monterey Jack cheese topped with Breakfast stout gravy. This was a complete hit for my friend; she immediately posted the dish on her Facebook page. I, on the other hand, was not into poutine, any kind of poutine. Always felt that french fries needs to be crispy otherwise it is like eating potatoes. I wanted more than a potato experience in french fries. However, the duck fat did make the potato taste much better; it coated the carbohydrate thickness and made the potato more palatable to swallow.
Brick Salad: arugula, watermelon radish, shaved parmesan and lemon vinaigrette. Did not try this one so really can’t say for myself. My friend was satisfied with this salad and found the combination of the duck fat fried potatoes with lemon vinaigrette and watermelon radish a balanced option for lunch.
We went for an early lunch on a Monday and the place was deserted when we arrived. By the time we were leaving, it was packed with business people. The restaurant had a very long bar and 24 craft beers that they are known for. If only we were smart enough to not bring the kids… Go with your friends and go for happy hours, I am sure it’s a happening place. And the food ain’t too bad, either.
This experience took place at
785 9th Ave
Between 52nd & 53rd
New York, NY 10019
P: 212 – 767 – 0077
F: 212 – 767 – 0015