You can take most places in the Times Square area at façade value and keep moving, yet the BXL Café begs a closer look. Beneath an awning advertising Duvel beer, steamy windows peer into a dark-wood-accented bar presided over by a plasma screen in perpetual devotion to soccer. It’s a beer pub all right—11 Belgian drafts and 18 bottled beers are on offer—but the dining room at the back serves toothsome fare, like six varieties of mussels (the cilantro-inflected marocaine is particularly tasty) or steak frites garnished with peppercorns. BXL by no means constitutes a second wave of the Belgian culinary invasion, but for the area this is an excellent option.
|Venue name:||BXL Café||Contact:|
125 W43rd St
|Cross street:||between Sixth and Seventh Ave|
|Opening hours:||Daily 11:30am–11:30pm|
|Transport:||Subway: A, C, E to 42nd St–Port Authority; N, Q, R, W, 42nd St S, 1, 2, 3, 7 to 42nd St–Times Sq|
|Price:||Average main course: $18. AmEx, MC, V|