Monday, December 13, 2010

Back to the Breslin and a sandwich I waited all summer for


      I recently introduced Andrew to the Breslin, April Bloomfield’s gastropub in the Ace Hotel (16 West 29th St. between Fifth Ave. and Broadway Tel: 212 679 1939) .   We sat at the bar and ate our lamb burgers and thrice-cooked chips and enjoyed every minute of it.  The place is always busy and since it doesn’t take reservations, it’s wise to get there bang on the dot of 12:00 to be sure you can get a table for lunch.  Max, the bartender who is another good reason to go to the Breslin, told me that last Saturday they did over 400 covers at lunch!  The food is honest and to be honest, a guilty pleasure since Ms. Bloomfield seems to have a diet-be-damned attitude to her cooking.  I am sure there are some healthy alternatives on the menu, it’s just I would never order them.  Who wouldn’t prefer an Oven baked 3 cheese sandwich with house smoked ham and an egg over a seasonal frittata with ricotta cheese?    That would be a Breslin breakfast.  Stay for lunch and the menu is even more inviting.  But for me, there really is nothing to compare with the Grilled Tonque Sandwich with borscht.   I am quite serious.  The same tongue sandwich I heard Michael Symons rave about on “The Best thing I ever ate”. That same tongue sandwich that disappeared off the menu during the summer months. Thank goodness someone had the presence of mind to bring it back this Fall.  So what’s all the fuss about?  Read on…