Gastropub experience

Over the weekend, I joined a group of friends at the Brickyard Gastropub in Hells Kitchen. While the title does state “Gastropub”, I did not expect to find anything on the food menu that would be vegetarian or tasty. I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of, the quality and taste of the vegetarian options.

The vegetarian food options are:

  • Spinach and Artichoke dip served with pita chips
  • Veggie burger as a Build your Burger dish – with several vegetarian toppings
  • Veggie sliders
  • 4 of 5 salads are completely vegetarian and very tempting to try – the Brickyard Cobb is the only salad that includes turkey and bacon
  • Sides of fries, onion rings, sweet potato fries and truffle fries
Now for some detail on the above options:
– The Spinach and Artichoke Dip was extremely tasty and filling with a blend of 3 cheeses (not sure which ones) besides the spinach and the artichoke. The warm pita chips were perfectly fried and salted triangles of pita bread…Yummm! Highly calorie loaded says my brain, but the gut wins over the brain and we ordered 2 plates of these with an extra side of pita chips during the 2 hours that the 7 of us were there and among other things that we ate and drank. The only other place in Manhattan the pita chips are of the same quality is Parea Bistro (watch out for a post on this restaurant later)
– Did not order the Veggie burger, but we all loved the veggie sliders which are just smaller versions of the house-made veggie burger. For the Build your Burger dish, the topping options are caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms, avocado, pico de gallo. I would have a hard time picking the cheese and sauce options – most likely, I will go with a Chipotle ketchup, and Monterey Jack cheese.
– Now about the sliders that we did order: The patties (3 per plate) were mushy, but did not crumble and tasted delicious with the red onion marmalade and the warm soft goat cheese.
– The most tempting salads for me to try were the House Green salad with black mission figs (am always a fan of these), and a walnut and lavender vinaigrette and the Buckwheat Soba Noodle salad with crispy basil, wonton crisp and a wasabi-soy vinaigrette.
I will have to go at least another time to check-out the salads, build my burger, order the fries / truffle fries and to get pictures to post. Meanwhile, I need to do more homework on understanding beer. While I have figured out that Pale Ale is not really pale, I have a long way to go to be intelligent about the beer that I order. For now, am really thrilled with the Belgian white ale style, cloudy (unfiltered) beers with hints of cilantro, and citrus – Hoegaarden, Blue Moon etc. The Ommegang Witte (Cooperstown, NY) was the best beer that I ordered that night.
For more a more detailed menu – check out the website (http://brickyardnyc.com/) Strangely, there is no Menu Pages link.

Other highlights of the place:

The place is apparently popular in mid-town for watching a variety of sports events, from the Kentucky Derby to the many European soccer championships.

Sourcing locally for beer, cheese, seafood, and meat seems very important to them.

It has an extensive selection of draft beers – local,domestic, and international.

There is a regular bar in the front and a quieter room (can seat about 50 guests) at the back serving dinner.

Food is served until 2 AM!!

More on Gastopubs:

The Gastropub scene in NY – from the Washington Post in 2009 – dated but worth reading. Now I have a list to work from

The Gastropub is dead – the word has been dropped by the Good Food Guide in the UK in its 2012 and subsequent editions

The only Michelin starred Gastropub (as of 2012) is in Chelsea, London.

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