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Sheep Station

Australian pub in Gowanus

What We Had

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I had the Shearer’s Burger – lettuce, tomato, pickled beets, grilled pineapple, caramelized onion, fried egg – with salad – Omfg this was good. The meat had great seasoning, the toppings combo was really good, and the salad was nice. Zero complaints here.

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My DH had the Meat Pie with Side Salad – His was really good as well. The pie had a nice curry taste, and was a decent lunch size. He also enjoyed his salad.

Decor

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Cute Australian way station meets Brooklyn dark wood.

Service

Decent

Overall Impressions

This is a great little find – beer specials at night, a great looking menu, and relaxed brunch.

Rating

4 out of 5 for great food in a charming atmosphere.

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Hope & Anchor

Cute little diner in Red Hook with a rock n roll vibe. We stopped in for brunch on the way to IKEA.

What We Had

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I had the Steak & eggs with greens as a side – this was good. A petite steak with some fantastic dressing and a good amount of greens. No complaints. The steak was properly seasoned and cooked and wasn’t too fatty.

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My DH had the Breakfast burrito with meat (bacon & sausage) – which was also tasty – and huge.

Decor

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Red sparkly vinyl, old woods and mirrors.

Service

Good. Multiple people checked on us during our meal and service was efficient.

Overall Impressions

A good place. The food was good, the atmosphere is great, and we can’t wait to stop in for the dinner menu & a beer.

Rating

4 out of 5 for good food and a cute atmosphere.

Five Leaves

New American gastropub/cafe in Greenpoint.

What We Had

My DH had the Red waddle pork chop with curry roast sweet potato, lime cream, cashews & lardon. His pork chop was underwhelming – he reported that he’s had better at home – which, while flattering, is not something you necessarily want to hear about a $20-something cut of meat. His sweet potatoes were great and I’m going to have to attempt re-creating them, along with the lime cream. He was sad that the lardon was more of a garnish than any real part of the dish. This dish was not bad or memorable.

I had the slow roasted Long Island duck with braised endive, black lentils & fennel-kumquat salad. I really liked mine. The duck was as fantastic as roasted duck always is – with mahogany lacquered skin and luxurious fatty richness. I also really enjoyed the orangey kick of the lentils. They gave a nice counterbalance to the richness of the duck. The big honking roast fennel was a tad awkward, but I love roast fennel so I made it work.

We also split a half dozen market oysters, which were fantastic.

I had a Southern Belle cocktail – black tea infused vodka, lemon, mint & sparkling wine – and it was magnificent.

The DH had a beer.

No dish pics – it was too dark.

Decor

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This is actually a bathroom shot, since the dining room was too full and dim.

Distressed wood and worn leather with iron and warm candle accents in the dining room, rustic ship accents in the bathroom. Eclectic music selection. The ambiance was really good – I was loving the candlelight reflected in water bottles and glasses all around the dining room.

Service

There.

Overall Impressions

Not bad. I’d been excited about having dinner here for awhile – we’re just so rarely in this part of town for dinner – and I’m glad we’ve crossed it off the list. If we lived in the neighborhood, I’m sure we’d go back – my duck was great, the oysters were great, and that cocktail was really something special. As it stands, though, there are many more places in town calling our names — including a really fun looking beer hall type place down the block.

Rating

3.5 out of 5 because mine was great and his was so-so.

Brinkley’s Broome St.

American elevated pub food with a focus on local in SoHo.

What We Had

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I had a grass fed beef burger with lettuce, tomato, pickle, no bun, no cheese, and no chipotle mayo – My burger was flavorful and cooked properly (mid rare, as specified). I subbed a mixed greens salad for fries (and they have sweet potato fries) and that was well dressed and delicious.

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My DH had the three cheese Mac & cheese with fontina, Parmesan, Romano – By all accounts, it was really good.

He also had a quite tasty bloody bull (bloody mary made with beef bouillon).

Decor

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Adorable old school house decor with desk chairs, anatomical drawings of turtles and lots of original-looking checked tile flooring. Big generous windows to let in floods of light and fresh air as well.

Service

The server was good, but the food was really slow.

Overall Impressions

The dining room was loud but the server was very accommodating for my special-needs ass.

Rating

4 out of 5 despite the cackling table of girls pushing the decibel level past earsplitting & the slow food. Substitutions were easy, the menu had a lot of variety, and the food was good. Plus, the decor was adorable And the mascot is a bear with a monocle.

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Thistle Hill Tavern

Thistle Hill Tavern

American gastropub from the minds that brought you Talde & Pork Slope.

What We Had

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I had The Chop – Smoked 16 ounce Lucki Seven pork chop with red onions. — It was pretty good. A little dry. Overcooked – hard well – but still tasty.

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My DH had the Burger — Also pretty good but a little dry and overcooked (well, ordered mid rare). The fries were the best part.

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We split some Deviled Eggs – The chicken skin was both of ours’ favorite. Good. Not overly flavorful, but nice for a deviled egg lover.

Decor

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Pub style dark woods and local history pieces.

Service

Ok.

Overall Impressions

Not bad, but not as special as the other restos in the roster.

Rating

3.75 out of 5 because there are a lot of paleo-friendly options, but the execution wasn’t spot on.

Heartland Brewing Company

Large brewery & pub right off of Union Square.

What We Had

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My DH had the Heartland Big Bite Burger – angus beef with aged cheddar and applewood smoked bacon. Juicy and tasty burger, limp bacon and nice fries.

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I had the Smothered Steak – black angus steak covered with mushroom & onions and a side of sautéed spinach. Overcooked steak (ordered rare, got medium-well) but still juicy with nice Worcestershire seasoning and grill flavoring, good mushrooms & onions, and a metric ton (almost 2 cups) spinach. I was in spinach heaven.

We also had the house-brewed Summertime Apricot Ale and Not Tonight Honey Porter, both of which were nice.

Decor

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Black wood, exposed brick, lofty open spaces over the beautiful old bar and brew tanks in back.

Service

Decent.

Overall Impressions

Not a bad place to grab an unfussy lunch or drinks.

Rating

3.75 out of 5 for good for what it is pub food with a great selection of house brews – and plenty of room, to boot.

Pop Pub

Graphics heavy pub near Union Square.

What We Had

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I had the Superman – 8 oz. beef burger with bacon, fried pickles, and sautéed onions – pretty great. The fried pickle/sauce/shredded lettuce combo ended up tasting like a grown up Big Mac. Nice thick and crispy bacon. Burger itself was dry. Onions were good.

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My DH had the Original Pop Burgers – 3 mini beef burgers with pop classics, which were fairly ok but dry. Could be because of the massive grill fire we saw raging right after our order was placed.

Side of fries – decent pillowy fries with fried coating.

Decor

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Lots of wood (like log cabin levels) and graphic design elements.

Looks like a fun atmosphere with upbeat music, lots of TVs on mute, foosball and loungy chairs.

Good beer selection.

Service

Semi attentive waitstaff.

Overall Impressions

Meh. Sinking into a comfortable lounger was great, and my burger toppings were great, but the meat was just too dry.

3.5 out of. 5 – we’ve had better and worse.

Update: I am amending my rating down to an even 3.0 due to further input from the DH.

Murphy Gonzalez

Murphy Gonzalez Pub & Cocina

This is what happens when an Irish pub and Mexican restaurant meet and have a baby. Near NYU.

What We Had

My DH had the Burger with Bacon & Swiss on an English Muffin – Overcooked but still juicy and flavorful with really good bacon. Decent fries that were a potato not long ago.

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I had the Steak & Eggs – Overcooked but flavorful and tender. Eggs were overcooked as well, but still tasty. Potato side was decent; surprise fruit side was great.

Decor

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More Irish pub than Mexican restaurant. Sports on the flat screens, open and spacious dining area.

Service

Friendly service – appropriately attentive for Sunday brunch.

Overall Impressions

An interesting mix prepared with enough skill that its all not just drunk food.

Rating

3.75 out of 5 for good standard food with enough promise that we may come back for Mexican fare.

The Brazen Fox

Pub in White Plains

What We Had

I had the steak & eggs off the brunch menu with a mimosa – My steak (NY strip) was well-seasoned and perfectly rare with over-medium eggs. Good potatoes.

My DH had the shepherd’s pie off the lunch menu – The dish had a really interesting spice blend – something wholly American; kind of like taco seasoning. A nice little change in a dish that’s quickly become my DH’s go-to.

DH would like it noted that he was still hungry after polishing off his pie, a glass of Killians, a chunk of my potatoes & a toast half.

Decor

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Dark woods & burgundy leather – warm amber & cream lighting. Open, large and friendly looking. A fair amount of TVs, but not chock-a-block.

Service

Not the best service, but not horrible – weekend brunch slow.

Overall Impressions

This place has an exciting looking happy hour drinks menu and great beer selection. You also can’t go wrong with sriracha on the table.

Rating

3.5 out of 5 for good food & an impressive drink menu, but lackluster service.

Fox & Fiddle Kitchen & Bar

Pub grub in the Upper Upper East Side.

What We Had

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I had the Angus NY sirloin steak with 2 fried eggs and home fries. Perfectly cooked steak – the eggs were, however, cooked to death with no seasoning. I was happy with dish overall, but my DH’s pie was the winner.

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My DH had the Shepherds Pie – beef carrots onions peas and Parmesan crusted mashed potato with gravy. This was a stellar pie – good mix of veg to beef, really good taste, wholly satisfying.

Decor

Cute old school pub feel with dark woods, lots of mirrors, and black & white flooring.

Good music – Nirvana, greatest hits from the late 90s/early 00s.

Service

Decent service for a Saturday afternoon from our Irish-accented waitress.

Overall Impressions

A good find. Definitely worth checking out again if in the neighborhood.

Rating

3.75 out of 5 for better than expected quality in a relaxed atmosphere