Address: 277 East 10th Street
What we ordered:
- Sebastian’s Steakhouse Burger with fries (would recommend)
- Sebastian’s Steakhouse Burger (no cheese) with kale (would recommend)
- Nutella Almond Donuts
Cost (post-tax, pre-tip): $37.52
We put Ryan right next to the table in her car seat/stroller. She fussed a little and didn’t really want her pacifier, but then she fell asleep quickly.
Ryan’s Report Card (1-10): 7.5
The Brindle Room is a very small restaurant in the East Village that is on the top 5 of many Best Burger lists. We made sure to arrive soon after it opened on a Sunday so we could get in with a stroller. They were very accommodating about moving stools around so we could place the stroller next to our table. The restaurant itself felt intimate and had a nice cozy vibe to it.
They had a pretty limited Brunch menu but we didn’t care as we only had eyes for their famed “Sebastian’s Steakhouse Burger.”
Each burger was $16 and comes with fries, which sadly is on the lower end of burger prices now for NYC restaurants. Plus, this is no standard ground beef burger…the meat is dry-aged rib-eye, in particular, deckle. Deckle, also known as rib-eye cap, is a thick syrup of fat and connective tissue. According to Rob it’s not something he’d want on his steak, but grind it up and put it in a burger, yes! The burger is pan-fried in a cast-iron skillet, and the meat is thrown on a very hot skillet to give it a good sear. The outside of the burger patty becomes quite crispy, but the inside stays red and moist. They cover the burger in a nice helping of American cheese and top it with some caramelized onions before placing it on a toasted, but otherwise ordinary, hamburger bun.
The sear prevents too much weight loss during cooking, and although it’s only 6 ounces pre-cooked, the high fat content made it fairly filling. The burger itself is a very thick patty, but it fits well in the bun. It comes with hand-cut fries which were excellent, and a few pickle slices. The fries are skin-on and thick-cut, and were really delicious. Water is served in a wine bottle and they have ketchup and homemade habanero hot sauce on each table. The hot sauce had a kick and was very good.
Melissa subbed her fries for a kale salad with golden raisins, pear and almonds and thought it was a perfect side. She would come back for the kale salad itself. The kale didn’t stop her from stealing several of Rob’s addictive fries, though. Melissa doesn’t eat much red meat but thought this burger was very satisfying and ate every bite which is very rare. Her burger, however, was cooked medium-well to her liking, and was without cheese per her request.
Rob got his burger medium-rare and ate every bite, which is common. He thought the meat itself was rich and fatty, and noted that it left some oil on his lips and fingers. His favorite part was the crunch from the top and bottom sear. Our neighbor joined us for the meal and got the same as Rob. He enjoyed it as well and was good company.
We finished with some nutella almond donuts which were more like zeppole than donuts, but they were a nice sweet note to end the meal.
Overall Brindle Room did not disappoint and definitely earned its spot towards the top of many best of burger lists. We’d come back for another round, and would recommend it to any burger fans for sure!