The Breslin décor boasts a warm, pub-like design but done of high quality. The space has beautiful dark woods, cut glass, wildlife paintings, and well-situated banquettes. To my surprise (because often the trendiest of restaurants fail to meet food expectations), the cuisine and service were outstanding. We shared some paté and vinegar chips to start. The chips were delivered in a plastic bag and I thought, Whats this? But fear was unnecessary as the chips were superb; who cares if they were prepared and bagged a day earlier? Then, I tried the special seafood sausage appetizer and their well-known lamb burger. All were incredibly tasty. The seafood sausage was unlike anything Ive had before, and it deserves special praise. The lamb burger was exceptionally tender and spiced just right. There was a side of fries which, I am told, are fried three times. When I inquired about my friends meals, they concurred that their choices were equally impressive.
Dont come here looking for healthy food (although there are some nice seafood entrees). The Breslin is known for meat, and I mean heavy meat that might mean a whole hog. The owners, who also operate the famous Spotted Pig in the West Village, know how to create an attractive ambiance and deliver a quality meal. This is one restaurant indulgence in Manhattan that is worth the wait (yes, you can arrive without a reservation and take your chances) and the price.