Burke & Wills

Restaurants , Dinner Upper West Side
  • 4 out of 5 stars
(2 user reviews)
0 Love It
Save it
Photograph: Erik Fuller
Burke & Wills
Book a table

Book now

Take a trip to the outback at this 36-seat joint dishing out Australian fare. Named after Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills—the first European explorers to cross the country—this Upper West Side restaurant features decor inspired by the duo’s journey (wood bale walls, wildlife art). At a 20-seat bar, sip classic cocktails crafted by beverage director Greg Seider (the Summit Bar, Le Bernardin), along with Down Under wines. Chef Stan Matusevich (MP Taverna, Fish Tag) oversees the menu, dispatching plates like the 'Roo burger—topped with tomato jam and shaved onions—and seared barramundi with haricots verts. Rotisserie specials such as stuffed porchetta and whole quail change daily.

Venue name: Burke & Wills
Address: 229 W 79th St
Cross street: between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway
Opening hours: Daily 4pm–2am
Transport: Subway: 1 to 79th St
Price: Average main course: $18. AmEx, MC, V
Do you own this business?

Average User Rating

3.5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:0
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:1
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:0
1 person listening

A brunch with 2 burgers and 2 cocktails with tax + tip will run you about $70 here, but damn are the burgers worth it! Topped with a fried egg, beets and pineapple, aussie-style, juicy and grilled to perfection. Their Bloody Mary menu was also a great addition. Fresh pastries offered to kick off the meal was a great surprise as well. Love going here for a nice quiet brunch (though can get a bit boisterous during peak hours).

lily r

The Upper West Side is pretty sparse when it comes to affordable, cool places to hang out, so Burke & Wills is an amazing addition to the neighborhood. I've been for drinks and brunch. The food is delicious - and there are very unique options. The drinks are also incredible - unlike a lot of unlimited brunches that serve watered down, pretty tasteless cocktails, Burke & Wills' serves flavorful cocktails and has a lot of options to choose from. The staff is so friendly and attentive. I've also had the chance to get a sneak peak at the upstairs Manhattan Cricket Club and I will definitely be going back to hang out there. So happy to have this in my neighborhood!