Boulton & Watt is a gastropub located on Houston and Avenue A where the bar Nice Guy Eddie’s used to be. They have since entirely gutted the place, turning it into a nice, large spot to grab some good bar food and a beer with friends. It’s also a great spot to hit up before a concert, with Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge so close by. The food here isn’t necessarily original or extraordinary, but it’s definitely solid, with the steak frites being one of the best I’ve had in awhile. All in all, I think it’s a great spot to have in mind if you’re looking for good beer and bar food in that area.
Blue Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates: These were your standard blue cheese stuffed bacon wrapped dates and they were good. My boyfriend, who hates maple syrup, brought to light the similarities in flavor between dates and maple syrup. Needless to say, he wasn’t so fond of these. But I can attest they were both typically made and good.
Brats in a Blanket: I thought these were good, but nothing special. It came with a side of curried ketchup and spicy mustard, and though I’m not always a fan of curried ketchup, this really made the app. The kick of curry with the brat went really well together and also brought back fond memories of my time in Berlin.
Boulton & Watt Mac & Cheese: This country-style mac is made with rigatoni and white cheddar and sprinkled with persillade breadcrumbs. You can add bacon or mushrooms. We asked for both, but only received the mushrooms. I liked this a lot though. It had a thin cheese sauce with chunks of melted cheese throughout and a lot of good flavor.
Steak Frites: This was a CreekStone Farm hanger steak with hand cut fries and a caramelized onion bordelaise. I thought this was a really great steak frites. The fries were thin cut and salty, and the bordelaise sauce on the steak was really flavorful. The steak was also cooked perfectly medium rare. This is the dish I’d go out of my way to return for. Everything else was good, but this was exceptionally delicious!
Boulton & Watt: 5 Avenue A, New York, NY ($$)