12 Reviews

Type: Bar, Eatery

111 E 29th St
New York, New York, 10016-8028
United States

(212) 685-5585 | map

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Added by meguiar on 06-25-2007

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Photo of Charthepirate
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

My Fiancee and I took an out of town friend big foodie, but not a huge belgian beer fan here for brunch. We were warned of a 30 minute wait, but by the time we got around to figuring out what we wanted while waiting at the bar, a table opened up. At the bar they had a few tap options, and a huge stack of glassware, supposedly the proper glass for each beer.

Upon sitting I gave a suggestion to our guest, (Mardsous 8) and I went in for a st. Bernardus. Our waiter was highly knowledgeble and made some suggestions, with samples.

Both the guest and I had the burger, and My Fiancee the French Toast. Both were absolutely top notch, and the dark belgians paired wonderfully. The serving sizes were a bit small, but no one left hungry. The fries were great too, especially with the creamy, mild mayonnaise

For Dessert, the Leige waffle is a must, Our party shared one, and I paired it with a rodenbach. Interestly, the waitress came back when I ordered it to make sure i understood that a rodenbach is a sour beer. I've had rodenbach before, so the warning wasn't necessary, but it demonstrated a knowledge of the beers being served above and beyond the "Hey what's Good?" question.

Despite having many of the beers, hunters of belgian exotics might not find anything totally new there, but for those who just enjoy great belgian beers perfectly paired with great food, resto is a great destination.

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Photo of slander
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

There's just no way of telling how long it'll take to get downtown, let alone dealing the parking thing. Gave myself ample time and found the bridge wide open and the FDR moving unusually well, and then landed me a mint parking spot just off the corner at Lex. I was way early, but shouldn't couldn't wouldn't complain. Put my name on the list, an hour and a half's wait but not really, or so they say, and then mulled around suspiciously sidewalkside for a while with the others en table waiting. Ooooh, a couple dropped off, she's in but he doesn't want to wait anymore; leave, go on, leave, just brings me closer to a seating is all. Took down some of the waiting time looking over the beer menu and here's Trouble on 29th now...

Seemingly smallish place down below street level with windows opening out over the sidewalk. An "L" shaped marble topped bar seats a dozen or so on shiny shiny stools off to the right; the barback there being a wood unit with glass shelving over mirrors holding glassware, wines and booze below. Lots of appropriate glassware shaken down from some poor distributor and some steins and mugs above. Brand spankin' new pressed tin ceiling with blended in ductwork, wood plank floorings, and white stucco walls over midway wood board trim at the seat backing height. Old salon type hairdryer shaped bulb drop lamps across the middle of the room, martini glass shaped glass lamps over the bar, and twisted metal lighting fixtures on the walls. Nearly a dozen and a half tables throughout; a large 6 seat table below the front window nook, 4 smaller tables angled in a row adjacent to the bar, and twosies to the rear, shuffled and pushed together when need be. Rumors abound of a 4 seat marble table in the kitchen where you can watch everything from front row center, if you can score it.

7 taps (Grotten Brown, Strubbe Pils, Kwak, Tripel Karmeliet, Chimay Cinq Cents, Delirium Tremens, Ommegang Wit), and 45 bottles; the list broken out by style (saison, trappist, lambics, abbey blonde & tripels, abbey dubbels & brown ales, wit, amber, red), all Belgians and an infrequent Belgian style selection from Ommegang. Middle of the Belgian road for the most part; although it appears they've since added another dozen bottles, and kicked the range and quality up some (Cantillon Gueze & Kriek, Fontaine Schaerbeekse Kriek, Des Geants Goliath), and still no Stella, Hoe, Leffe, blah.

Looking over the food menu, I'm convinced that either it's written partially in another language, or they're just making up words. Every item on the menu has at least one word that I cannot decipher. It was nothing for Trouble, however, as she's paid library late fees for the decryption book on more than one occasion, and thus provided her usual assistance.

We started with apps, I had the double cooked pork with Belgian endive vinaigrette, paired with a Grotten Brown. I figured that if cooked pork is good, double cooked pork must be twice as good. And Frisee Au Lardon (Endive, with poached egg, fine herbs and lardon, which is basically French bacon) for Trouble, paired with an Ommegang Wit. For entrees, I had the burger, yes, the burger, with Passendale cheese & onion, the best burger ever, made from ground hanger steak, beef cheek and fatback. Holy shit, the thing was like butter, holy shit, paired with a Saison DuPont. My frites came with dips; lime pickle, sweet chili & mayo (The pickle was the pick, had some nice heat to it). She had the beef cheek carbonnade over frites, paired with a Corsendonk Brown. Truly amazing, the beef just melted, it was so good, and the frites just soaked it all in, "Just heavenly", says she. Dessert; I had the mango sorbet, she had a Liege waffle, with crème fraiche anglaise; and split a Liefman's Kriek. They also comped us a walnut tart, caramel, chocolate ganache and banana ice cream. It was killer and you know I hate goddamn walnut anything.

It was just a perfect meal; food and beer, in a comfortable place albeit a bit loud, good service, this you really ought to see.

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4.36 out of 5 based on 17 ratings.
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