I've been wanting to eat at Minetta Tavern for years now. It can be hard to score a dinner reservation, but I had no problems getting a table for four for brunch.
Minetta Tavern touts itself as "a Parisian steakhouse meets classic New York City tavern."
Fairly accurate description.
We shared a few starters.
Mesclun salad with warm goat cheese ($14).
Duck hash ($9).
Thick cut bacon ($9).
I didn't photograph the PropTarts' meals, so they could enjoy them immediately. Mr. Monkey was not as lucky, but he's used to my nonsense. Obviously.
Minetta Burger with cheddar and caramelized onions ($17).
Black Label Burger -- selection of prime dry-aged beef cuts with caramelized onions ($26).
Tarte demoiselles tatin -- caramelized upside-down apple tart with crème fraîche ($9).
Coconut layer cake with crème fraîche pastry cream and toasted shavings ($9).
Was the famous Black Label Burger everything I dreamed it would be? Some consider it the best burger in the nation. I enjoyed it very much, and I felt fine paying $26 for it. That's a pretty good endorsement, right?