Brindle Room

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Photograph: Noah Fecks

Duck-confit poutine

Photograph: Noah Fecks

Duck-confit poutine

Photograph: Noah Fecks

Brindle Room

Photograph: Noah Fecks

Brindle Room

Photograph: Noah Fecks

Brindle Room

Photograph: Noah Fecks

Brindle Room

Photograph: Noah Fecks

Brindle Room

Photograph: Noah Fecks

Brindle Room

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New York City chefs are caught in a comfort-food holding pattern—what’s a restaurant these days without a porkcentric menu, a fried-chicken special and classic cocktails? In this era of culinary regression, unassuming Brindle Room offers something audacious: well-executed international fare that’s mature and refined without being stuffy. The key here seems to be restraint. The restaurant’s modest decor is composed of just a mirror framed in birch logs and a few glowing lamps. Chef Jeremy Spector (Employees Only) has compiled an equally disciplined menu, featuring a list of “spreads” (don’t miss the creamy brandade), small plates and a tidy collection of entrees. Among the small plates, we loved a smart revision of that English classic, potted shrimp. Instead of suspending them in solidified butter (the traditional preparation), the sweet crustaceans were given a Mediterranean twist, served over a buttery tomato fonduta that we mopped up with hunks of olive-oil--soaked toast. A seared cod entre offered a neat rectangle of flaky fish over verdant vegetables—fava beans, crisp asparagus, green onion—and another bright, buttery sauce fortified with white wine. Spector’s sole nod to comfort food’s death grip also happens to be one of Brindle’s most memorable detours: an inspired take on poutine. In addition to duck gravy and oozing cheese curds, Spector tops his crisp fries with shreds of duck confit and crackly skin. It’s a beer drinker’s dish, and Brindle room offers a few worthy local and West European selections (Keegan’s malty Mother’s Milk did the trick for us). Wine and beer cocktails were less appealing, though a friendly server promptly offered to replace our too-spicy michelada when he saw us wincing through the second sip. Desserts—like a dense banana bread pudding—also seemed out of step with this otherwise sophisticated meal. The Brindle Room may not be a perfect dining experience, but with chefs dumbing down all over town, the restaurant’s polished fare makes for a refreshing change of pace.—TONY

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Venue name: Brindle Room
Address: 277 E 10th St
New York

Cross street: between First Ave and Ave A
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 11am–midnight; Fri, Sat 11am–1am
Transport: Subway: L to First Ave, 6 to Astor Pl
Price: Average main course: $21. Disc, MC, V
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5 / 5

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Moriah S

I found Brindle Room on a bunch of "best of" lists for east village eateries and finally got around to trying it and was so impressed. We arrived at around 9 and the hostess seemed a little out of it - there were plenty of tables open and it took us 10 minutes to get seated. We were then seated at high tables facing the wall, which was kind of a bummer but then got our waiter to move us to another table. Looking at the people's orders next to us, we were nervous that the burger wouldn't live up to the hype since it looked small and simplistic. Boy were we wrong! We started with the duck poutine WOW. It comes in a big hot bowl and the duck is to DIE FOR. If you like duck, this is a must. Plus it's huge. The burgers were amazing and definitely worth the hype but the reason I'd go back is for the duck poutine. The only reason I wouldn't give 5 stars is because of the hostess situation but our waiter and the food totally made up for it.

christa t

Great food and great service! Seriously the best burger you will ever taste! The beef has so much flavor....30-day-aged beef neck, fresh beef and pure white fat makes this burger have amazing flavor. Don't let the simplicity of this burger fool you (american cheese, caramelized onions). Recently rated 2nd best burger in the country by the Food Network. The other food on the menu is also very good. If you take 5 or more people make a reservation ahead of time and request the tasting....set price for as much food as you can eat. They even have an option with bottomless drinks. Our favorite restaurant in the city, and no one is ever disappointed!