A Belgian eatery can pretty much be judged by the quality of its beer, mussels and fries. This subterranean space on the Upper East Side is no exception: The brasserie menu focuses on classics, and so should you. A perfect meal consists of the delicious Grimbergen brown ale served in a distinctive Chimay goblet, delectable Malay mussels (sweet and small) in a coconut-and-curry–scented broth, and a portion of meaty golden fries with chili aioli, mayonnaise and ketchup for dipping. The casual space—with its globe-shaped sconces and vaguely medieval plaster wall with coat-of-arms moldings—encourages lingering.
|Venue name:||B. Cafe||Contact:|
240 E 75th St
|Cross street:||between Second and Third Aves|
|Opening hours:||Daily noon–2am|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to 77th St|
|Price:||Average main course: $20. AmEx, MC, V|