Leslie here with a quality cheap eats review for all my midtowners.
Midtown and cheap eats aren’t normally spouted in the same sentence. To be honest I prefer a more covert dining experience further downtown in the L.E.S or Soho but it’s my duty to leave the bias at home and seek out all of the little hidden gems in my city. So let’s chat about The Pullman Kitchen.
Specializing in comfort food with a sophisticated twist, be prepared to eat your heart out and leave your calorie counter at home. From the conventional diner atmosphere to the familiar quaint NYC picturesque, The Pullman Kitchen already gets a 10 for cozy decor.
While the menu is not overly extensive, I was still torn between a few of the signature dishes. Luckily there were 2 dishes in particular that got rave yelp reviews and I knew I’d have to choose one of those. It was a toss-up between the chicken and waffle sandwich and the oxtail sandwich. Now, if you’re a Bronx girl like myself then you’re probably still recuperating from the sheer shock that some consider oxtails a delicacy, well believe it, but these aren’t your typical golden crust oxtails. The tender meat that slid directly off the bone was generously braised in Rastafa Rye Ale and topped with bread and butter pickles, chipotle ketchup and horseradish. To top it off, each ingredient was evenly placed between 2 slices of toasted sourdough bread, and the sweet and tangy taste combination set my taste buds a blaze.
For my beverage choice, instead of ordering my normal tap or domestic beer, I washed it down with a jug of ginger ale, not Seagram’s, but an interesting mix of what seemed to be seltzer and fresh ginger, simple perfection!
While I was fully immersed in my decadent delight I couldn’t help but gaze at my neighbor who ordered the chicken and waffle sandwich. The crispy fried chicken was topped with pepper jack cheese and Vermont maple syrup, and served between two cornbread waffles. <– insert salivation here…
This almost made me wish I had ordered a smorgasbord of entrees, but then I came back to reality and realized that my jeans wouldn’t oblige or stay buttoned for that matter. Not only was lunch tasty and filling but my whole meal was less than $20 dollars including tax. In comparison to my average restaurant bills that’s a steal.
Overall my experience at The Pullman Kitchen was delightful, so I’d give it a solid 7. Aside from the overuse of salt on the potato wedges that garnished my oxtail sandwich my meal was perfection. I am confident that each dish will evolve as time progresses and customer feedback is received, but the eats are most definitely innovative and moderately priced. Perfect for the 20 something foodie on a budget. For the best experience, I’d suggest dining at the Pullman Kitchen during lunch hours and in the evenings after 8 to avoid the after work rush.
HAPPY EATING… Love Leslie 🙂
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