Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Butcher and the Rye

Last weekend after seeing Thoroughly Modern Millie (our favorite of the three summer CLO shows we saw), we went to Butcher and the Rye for dinner. We have always really liked B&tR even if we only get there 1-2 times a year. One reason we like it so much is the cocktails.
On the left is SP's Wild Kind (Old Forester 86 bourbon, smoked honey, ginger, lemon, habanero, peychauds bitters) and on the right is my Salinger's Sling (Bulleit rye whiskey, Grand Marnier, demerara, house coffee bitters). He loved his Wild Kind. It was a little too smoky and spicy from the habanero for me. I much preferred my drink.

We ordered some of our usual dishes and some new to us dishes (the menu has changed since we last dined here). Here's what we ate:
Spring Pea Vichyssoise (bacon confit, buttermilk, pea shoot).
Smoked Salmon Rillette (chopped egg, crispy caper, parsley).
Brussels (brown butter, dill, parmigiano reggiano, preserved lemon aioli).
Around this time, it was time for SP to order another cocktail. He chose Central Park Smash (Smirnoff vodka, watermelon, jalapeno, lemon, honey, angostura bitters).
Mac and Cheese.
Sunday Gravy (tomatoes, lamb neck, olive oil, ricotta, warm country bread).
Dirty Pasta (ground duck, rigatoni, sage, brandy, pecorino romano).
Scallop (blue crab risotto, asparagus, mushrooms, capers).
Decaf coffee with cream & sugar.
Cherry Cobbler with vanilla bourbon ice cream.

We still like B&tR a lot. Our server was terrific. Our cocktails were great. Our food was tasty. But we were a little sad that some dishes we really enjoyed are no longer on the menu. For SP, he was sad about no Crispy Pig Wing (Thai chili sauce, pickled mango salad, peanuts, cilantro). For me, it was the Cauliflower (roasted farro grain, romanesco, baby carrots, pine nuts, brown butter, harissa yogurt). I really, really loved that cauliflower dish. I also missed the Hand Pulled Burrata. 

We're pretty sure there used to be daily specials, but this time, there weren't any daily food specials, just cocktail specials. SP was a little sad because he almost always found a special he liked (octopus, oysters, crudo, escargot are some of the ones we've had in the past).

But we'll still go back because I really, really, really the Sunday Gravy and Mac and Cheese and SP can't get enough of the Brussels. 

Butcher and the Rye Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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