FOOD / October 15, 2011

FUN TIMES AT THE STANDARD GRILL

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SOCIAL- TRENDY – LIVELY-  BRASSERIE

OUT OF 10

FOOD-7      SERVICE-7     DECOR-8     PRICE- MODERATE     VIBE- NYC BUZZING BRASSERIE

It was Friday Night. Most people steer clear of the Meat Packing District full of Bridge and Tunnel, but us party kids didn’t care and it was hard enough to get a reservation for 6 at last minutes notice! Thankfully our heels didn’t get stuck in between the cracks of the the old stone-paved streets and we made it to the architectural Monolith on 13th Street known as the Standard Hotel. Amidst this veritable playground of Bars, Restaurants and Bier Garten there is a fun old-fashioned boothed and tiled Brasserie called THE STANDARD GRILL. 

Overall the food is pretty good for most people and a fun, buzzing vibe and a large menu to make everyone happy. Staff is attentive, noise levels are loud and its the perfect gear-up restaurant for a night out.

Six of us took a booth in a corner, ordered wine and felt the buzz of people TGIFing in merriment.

Oysters east & west coast (6) 18.00 (12) 35.00 To start with, we shared an Oyster plate that was fresh and speedy to the table with all the appropriate sauces.

Oysters east & west coast (6) 18.00 (12) 35.00
To start with, we shared an Oyster plate that was fresh and speedy to the table with all the appropriate sauces.

Charred Spanish Octopus sweet potato & chilies ($15) The Charred Spanish Octopus with sweet potato & chilies ($15) was yummy, relatively tender and a good balance between the sweet and slightly spicy. A nice rainbow of textures.

Charred Spanish Octopus sweet potato & chilies ($15)
The Charred Spanish Octopus with sweet potato & chilies ($15) was yummy, relatively tender and a good balance between the sweet and slightly spicy. A nice rainbow of textures.

The Creekstone Farm New York Strip was fine and as to be expected. Not great for a steak and for $35 I would expect a little better quality. The salsa verde was delicious and appropriate to deliver a mediocre steak in a tastier way. The portion was generous, however I always wonder who decided long ago in the Restaurant Rule Book that Steak, is the one item that is rarely accompanied by a side dish? Anyone? “If ye can pay enough for a steak, ye can pay extra for a side dish.”

The Creekstone Farm New York Strip was fine and as to be expected. Not great for a steak and for $35 I would expect a little better quality. The salsa verde was delicious and appropriate to deliver a mediocre steak in a tastier way.
The portion was generous, however I always wonder who decided long ago in the Restaurant Rule Book that Steak, is the one item that is rarely accompanied by a side dish? Anyone? “If ye can pay enough for a steak, ye can pay extra for a side dish.”

Bone Marrow Glazed Peas ($7) So we got some Bone Marrow Glazed Peas which were perfectly crunchy, fresh, and fatty from the Marrow.

Bone Marrow Glazed Peas ($7)
So we got some Bone Marrow Glazed Peas which were perfectly crunchy, fresh, and fatty from the Marrow.

Crispy Potatoes with smoked paprika aïoli ($7) And some Crispy Potatoes with smoked paprika aïoli which i ate only a little bit (of course!). They were deliciously barbequey, crisp and fluffy and the sauce was a bit heavy for me but I imagine the boys love it.

Crispy Potatoes with smoked paprika aïoli ($7)
And some Crispy Potatoes with smoked paprika aïoli which i ate only a little bit (of course!). They were deliciously barbequey, crisp and fluffy and the sauce was a bit heavy for me but I imagine the boys love it.

"Million Dollar" Whole Roast Chicken (for 2 $35) Then the table almost tipped over when the "Million Dollar" Whole Roast Chicken for 2 arrived and really could have fed the table of 6! Guilt forced my friends who ordered it to eat as much as they could before admitting defeat to a lot of left overs.. The Chicken was moist, tasty and what you would expect from a Roast Chicken. It would not win any culinary awards but it brings a feeling of family and sharing to the table that is nostalgic and rare in the big city. It was accompanied by some toasty white bread.. meh.. and some lemons to freshen it up. I think they call it the ”Million Dollar” because if you went out for dinner and ordered this you’d feed the whole family and save the rest for some Ponzi investment scheme- could work out- never know… And THAT is the most I’ve ever said about chicken.

“Million Dollar” Whole Roast Chicken (for 2 $35)
Then the table almost tipped over when the “Million Dollar” Whole Roast Chicken for 2 arrived and really could have fed the table of 6! Guilt forced my friends who ordered it to eat as much as they could before admitting defeat to a lot of left overs.. The Chicken was moist, tasty and what you would expect from a Roast Chicken. It would not win any culinary awards but it brings a feeling of family and sharing to the table that is nostalgic and rare in the big city. It was accompanied by some toasty white bread.. meh.. and some lemons to freshen it up. I think they call it the ”Million Dollar” because if you went out for dinner and ordered this you’d feed the whole family and save the rest for some Ponzi investment scheme- could work out- never know… And THAT is the most I’ve ever said about chicken.

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For Dessert we  had the WAKE & BAKE – Warm Chocolate Chip Cookies Served with Chilled Battenkill Valley Cream ($9) which I thought was cute serving cookies and Milk but the cookies were so normal it was far below my expectations -Boring.

The Sour Cream Cheesecake with Walnut Shortbread Crust and Blackberry Compote ($9) however was more interesting and was the classic creamy Cheesecake accompanied with sweet and sour berries.

Bada bing Bada Boom! Fun times, People fed, Amping to go out. I think the menu caters for the general public, looking for simple, familiar food before and after; even next morning after a big night out.

Get together for “Sweet and Meaty”

Standard Grill

Standard Hotel

848 Washington St.   (bet. Little W. 12th & 13th Sts.)

Manhattan, NY 10014

www.thestandardgrill.com

212-645-4100

It was Friday Night. Most people steer clear of the Meat Packing District full of Bridge and Tunnel, but us party kids didn’t care and it was hard enough to get a reservation for 6 at last minutes notice! Thankfully our heels didn’t get stuck in between the cracks of the the old stone-paved streets and we made it to the architectural Monolith on 13th Street known as the Standard Hotel. Amidst this veritable playground of Bars, Restaurants and Bier Garten there is a fun old-fashioned boothed and tiled Brasserie called THE STANDARD GRILL.





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