From the outside Minetta Tavern doesn't even look open...
However, once you are through the door you find yourself in a beautiful dining room with a lovely old-fashioned wooden bar.
The restaurant opens at 5.30 and until EXACTLY 5.30 no one is allowed past the bar, which was fine for us as we had had a long day of walking and a nice draft Kronenburg was very refreshing.
Once seated we were greeted by our waiter who happily gave us tasters of the wines they serve by the glass so we could make a selection. As with a lot of other NY restaurants, they have a good choice of wines by the glass and once we decided we were given a very generous pour indeed.
I opted for a starter of Bone Marrow and the hubby ordered oxtail and Foie Gras Terrine. Mine was by far the better choice and luckily it was so big I could share some of it with him.
We both went for the Black Label Burgers and they were served up with a small mountain of french fries. My burger was cooked perfectly (medium) but the medium rare my hubby selected was a bit too rare for him. It was more like a beef tartare.
There was a great atmosphere in the restaurant. The music helped to cover up any excessively loud conversations without being too intrusive. the tables int he middle of the room allow a bit more privacy than the ones along the side of the room where as is often the case in NYC the tables are VERY close together. The people next to us had to bring their table all the way out to even be abel to sit down.
The burger was good, but not the best we have had in NYC so I'd order something else next time. We would come back again and I'd definitely recommend Minetta Tavern, but its not a last minute decision. They are full for the next two months and most evenings have a waiting list. I guess having a Michelin Star will do that to a restaurant.
Minetta Tavern 113 MacDougal Street, New York City.
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