Bourbon Street Bar & Grille
In my quest to find new and exciting food in New York, I stumbled upon Bourbon Street Bar & Grille by way of Phaon of LuxuriousPrototype.com. Phaon hosted a get together during Mardi Gras last year, and I didn’t read the invitation until after the fact. I was so intrigued by this New Orleans/ French Quarter themed restaurant, I put it in my mind that I would eventually go visit. Fast forward a year later…. I finally got the chance to visit Bourbon Street Bar & Grille with my friend @Raijean of SwaraiBlog.com while she was in town for New York Fashion Week.
Before visiting, I looked Bourbon Street Bar & Grille up on Yelp! to see what the natives thought. It was mixed reviews, but everyone agreed that the drinks were good. Based on that fact, I was sold. Note: I broke my review up into two separate post… one for the food, and the second for the drinks.
So the first course was an appetizer sampler platter that consisted of Alligator in a Blanket, Spinach and Artichoke Dip, and Honey Bourbon Chicken Wings. The second course was the Corn and Crawfish Chowder with Applewood Bacon. The final course was the Oyster Po’ Boy with a Garden Salad. Note: It is not really called Alligator in the Blanket…. but in my mind that is a much better name, lolll.
I honestly have to say that the Bourbon Street Bar & Grille served some of the best bar food I have eaten in New York. Most of the bars I have been to serve frozen, warmed over food. I guess in all fairness, bars are supposed to be known for their drinks and ambiance with the food being an afterthought. Bourbon Street Bar & Grille stands out as a triple threat. Below are my thoughts on the individual dishes.
I have had alligator before in New Orleans… I remember it being chewy, but tasting like chicken. Being the somewhat adventurous spirit that I am, I decided to give it a go. “Alligator in a Blanket” was a total surprise to me; It came in sausage form. I know that is said sausage on the menu, but it is overshadowed by type which is alligator. Honestly, a person wouldn’t know it was alligator had it not been stated on the menu. It was so completely tasty, I highly recommend that you try it upon visiting the restaurant. I really can’t describe the taste… it reminds me of a really good blend of sausage. Basically… if you like sausage, you will love this!
On a scale of 1 to 10, the Spinach and Artichoke Dip was a 7. What made this dish a strong 9 was the home made chips that were a cross between pita and middle eastern mountain bread. The chips were cut into triangles, toasted, then served alongside the dip. I think additionally they infused herbs and spices into the bread to make it extra tasty. The chips complemented the dip perfectly. I have been to Bourbon Street Bar & Grille twice with two different sets of people…. both times we all completely wiped the bowl clean. It’s a no brainer… order this or become a failure in life, loll.
The chicken wings were some kind of AWESOME! I mean I don’t have enough time to break down the science of a good chicken wing. On my first visit to the Bourbon Street Bar & Grille, we ordered the wings with the sauce on the side. Upon my second visit, we ordered it with the sauce. They fry the wings, then dip them into this Honey Bourbon Sauce. They also have Hot Sauce, but I am not a fan of spicy hot food. Wings and a strong drink are the secret to happiness. Bourbon Street Bar & Grille allows patrons to experience pure bliss through a plate of poultry.
Ok so I completely forgot to snap a picture of the soup…. probably because I was feeling festive from all of the drinks set in front of me. I did however manage to snap a picture of Oyster Po’ Boy sandwich. Ok, so I have had some amazing Po’ Boys in my lifetime. Most of them were served in New Orleans and Shreveport, Louisiana. On a scale of 1-10… I give this one a 7. The oysters were fried perfectly! Not too hard or soft. The french bread was perfect…. very fresh. The tomatoes and lettuce were fresh. I think what was missing was a sauce to pull it all together. It had sauce on it, but it did marry the flavors. However, this Oyster Po’ Boy was a personal best for New York as a whole. I seriously doubt I will find a better Po’ Boy in NYC.
Please be sure to visit when in the mood for comfort good, good drinks, and a festive ambiance. I forgot to mention that the Bourbon Street Bar & Grille is perfect for large groups. Enjoy
Bourbon Street Bar & Grille
346 W 46th St New York, NY 10036