Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter.
James A. Garfield.
One of the best traditions that the Z family has in their arsenal is going to Broadway for a play and a delicious bite to eat. Recently, my Mother and I traveled to New York to view the brand new show, Of Mice and Men. Of Mice and Men features famous actors such as James Franco and Chris O’Dowd, and could have been one of the best plays I have seen in a long time. But that’s beside the point. The most important part of the day was the time spent eating.
For this Broadway Trip, my Mom and I decided to dine at the Breslin (thebreslin.com/ 16 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001) for a hip, delicious meal from the famous restauranteur April Bloomfield (the mastermind behind NY’s first Gastropub, The Spotted Pig).
As we entered the Breslin (located in the Ace Hotel), we noticed the dark, dull lighting of the restaurant. As we took a peek around the Breslin while awaiting our table to be prepared, we noticed the funky, and in a way cluttered atmosphere. Although the ambiance seemed sort of messy, it was still in a very interesting location and a cool hotel. After being seated, we were greeted by a waiter who took our order in a sarcastic, joking manner.
To start our eating extravaganza we ordered three things: Caramel Popcorn, an odd delectable twist on a grapefruit, and tiny vat of spicy baked beans.
The Caramel Corn we obtained was beyond delicious.
In addition to the popcorn being covered in a thick, buttery, crunchy layer of caramel, the dish also contained a mix of roasted nuts stuck to large clumps of the delectable popcorn. Killer appetizer!
Next, we were brought a chilled grapefruit with ginger sugar and mint. The grapefruit was beyond juicy and perfectly ripe.
In addition, the ginger sugar was crisp, sweet and was a perfect way to enhance the fruit. Unfortunately, the grapefruit was not sliced in the correct way, and the bitter mint that was scattered across the fruit did not add to the experience.
Lastly we ordered a tiny bowl of spiced baked beans. As we ordered them, the waiter told us that this was the last of the day!
Luckily every person who ordered it before us was right, the beans were amazing. The spicy, tomato based sauce mixed in with the homemade bean selection was a dynamic duo. These beans didn’t seem to cool the whole meal!
For main courses, my Mom and I ordered two things: Broccoli Rabe Frittata with Marjoram and Sheep’s Milk Ricotta, and a Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich.
My Mom graciously allowed me to have a taste of her Frittata.
The Frittata was made up of a base of a buttery, tender, salty eggs, and inside was refreshing, bright white ricotta cheese and dark green broccoli rabe. It was topped with greens and more grated cheese.
On the side we ordered a small plate of oniony, deliciously charred roasted potatoes, which were the perfect side to the scrumptious meal.
She loved the dish and so did I.
For my main course, I ordered a fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich. This could have been one of the greatest sandwiches that I have ever eaten. The crisp, bourbon soaked bun had been fried to a crunchy perfection and finished off with a light dusting of powdered sugar.
Inside of the glorious sandwich was a heavy dosage of hot, gooey peanut butter and probably two whole bananas stuffed inside. Absolutely fantastic!
To wash it all down I obtained a cool, refreshing celery, cucumber drink.
Unfortunately, I think the drink could have been an acquired taste: I did not really enjoy it.
Overall the food at the Breslin was fantastic and the hip, up and coming area that it was located in made the trip even more enjoyable.
I would recommend the trip to any theatre lovers who would also enjoy a delicious meal. I would give it ZZZZ- 4 Z’s- Yum!