Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Food Tuesday: Restaurant Spotlight

Photo Source: BTH

Ash and I try to spend the whole summer dining outside. There are times when a restaurant looks cute but I save it for fall because it only has indoor tables. I might sound crazy but when you live in New York, warm, sunny months seem to fly by so quickly. Why sit inside? This weekend, we were exploring and happened upon a restaurant that doesn't have outdoor seating but has an open wall. We took the empty table for two right by the open wall as a sign. We walked away with BTH (By the Hudson) on our list of waterfront places to try with friends.

Location: 712 W. 125th Street, New York, NY 10027. It faces the water and it's entrance is steps from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.

Photo Source: BTH

Atmosphere: Relaxed lounge vibe with turn up potential. We were there late afternoon/early evening so it was chill. I hear it becomes more like a nightclub at night. There is a DJ playing current Pop, Hip Hop and R&B hits. A group was having a party while we were there but it wasn't so loud that we couldn't hear each other. Sitting by the open wall adds an element of escape because of the Hudson River view. That said, the one lane road between the restaurant and the park along the Hudson is pretty busy. It added a bit of noise but the DJ balanced it out.

Service: The staff was extremely friendly and attentive. My only complaint was that our initial drink order took about 10-15 minutes from order to table. The restaurant wasn't crowded but there was a large party ordering drinks around the same time. We ordered before them but no biggie. The waiter was apologetic and was on point after that.

Price Point: $$$ The drinks are pretty pricey at $13 a pop. For dinner, appetizers range from $11-$18 and entrees range from $18-$29. They also have a good brunch menu and an option to upgrade to a bottomless experience for the mimosa lover in your crew. 

The Firecracker (Photo Source: BTH)

Cocktails: They have a good selection of crafted cocktails, wines and craft beers. I tried the Harlem Blues (a mix of Jack Daniels honey whiskey, fresh blackberries and mint) and Ash tried the Firecracker (a mix of Tito's vodka, fresh basil, watermelon juice and cayenne pepper). We also shared the Down South (a mix of sweet tea vodka and lemonade). Actually, Ash ordered and I took a large sip. I also sampled his hot and spicy Firecracker. I liked all of the cocktails but the Harlem Blues was my fave. I'll definitely recreate it for guests. The only drawback was they ran out of honey whiskey so I lost the option for the Harlem Blues early in the evening.

Deals: Happy Hour is Monday-Friday from 4:00 tp 8:00. They also have a $35.95 brunch option which will get you one brunch entree and unlimited mimosas for 1.5 hours.

Our Meal: We only stopped in for drinks and appetizers so we haven't sampled the whole menu but we liked what we got. We ate the sweet chili calamari, the seared tuna sashimi and the beet salad. The calamari and tuna have a spicy, peppery bite but the goat cheese in the beet salad was the perfect balance for me (not a huge fan of spicy food). Ash opted for the avocado puree that was served with the sashimi. Overall we were pleased with the food. The presentation was lovely as was the taste.

Cons: The bar ran out of honey whiskey and the first drink took 15 minutes from order to table. Otherwise, we had a great experience.

Final Recommendation: This is a great place for a date or a day catching up with friends. It is a beautiful, chic space and totally unexpected when you're walking to what feels like the end of the city. The food is good. The cocktails are better. Overall I give BTH an A-.

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