Don’t you just love the name of this place? I discovered this restaurant on my walk along Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side (do I sound like a local?) not too far from my hotel in Times Square. Although I guess it’s all relative, as I did walk over ten miles up and down Manhattan streets that day!
I wanted somewhere to sit outside as the weather was delightful, and pavement restaurants offer the best people and pet watching opportunities. I have noticed that there are so many dogs in Manhattan, very pet friendly city it would seem.
But back to the restaurant. The hanging sign says ‘Beer, Biscuits and Pickles, hand crafted by Jacob’ so you would imagine that pickles would feature heavily. I can’t say that aspect jumped out at me quite as much as I though it would, but the menu is certainly very heavy with comfort food options and portions are gigantic. We watched many plates of food being delivered to other tables with their contents heaped high to overflowing. Produce is sourced from local suppliers, greens from Union Square market and meats from Queens where the owner grew up. Southern cooking seems to have been a big influence with biscuits and gravy one of the bestsellers.
On our visit, Liz sampled the biscuits with mushroom gravy and eggs (veggie friendly) and Amy tried the catfish tacos with a very tasty cilantro slaw (note the pickle on the plate). As I was still recovering from a huge breakfast (blog report to come soon) I thought I would just share a few of the home fries we ordered not quite expecting the portion to be so huge, at $5 side it was very good value for Manhattan I thought.
Jacobs Pickles is a great brunch spot but it felt like a popular location for locals as we watched the wait staff greet patrons and passers by who stopped to say hi. The atmosphere was very relaxed, no apparent rush to table turn on this Tuesday lunchtime, and the staff were extremely friendly. Most of the online reviews that we looked at gave this place a very high rating so we are not alone in our enjoyment it would seem.89% on Urban Spoon is pretty high.
Location: 509 Amsterdam Avenue
Opening hours: Late night Fri and Sat till 4am (but kitchen closes at 1am)
Reservations: can be made online via website or call 212 470 5566