Ryan is getting married in 3 months and I'm poor as hell but we decided to have dinner out anyway at Minetta Tavern this past Wednesday.
We sat at the bar after a 45 min wait and started with one of their salad specials. Dandelion greens topped with a light vinaigrette with a medium boiled egg, pork sausage, mushrooms and ... black truffle?? It was super delicious like a breakfast salad.
The highly-lauded Black Label burger, made from a special blend from Pat Lafrieda. We got this as is, no condiments or cheese. It came with caramelized onions on it and that's all it needed.
It was super flavorful and juicy - I was worried it was going to be very rich like the Irving Mill burger (beef cheeks and fat back!) but it was all pure dry aged beef.
They have Innis & Gunn in bottles here and it went really well with the burger. If you haven't tried this beer yet you must! Caramel-y and scotch-y.
We also ordered the Minetta Burger to share, topped with cheddar. This one was also very good but nowhere near as juicy. In fact after tasting the BLB I wanted to throw this down on the floor. The cheese is unnecessary - I ended pulling about half of it off.
The bar scene. The couple next to Ryan was this sweet old couple who shared a gigantic NY strip (they completely destroyed it, then picked it up with their hands and gnawed at the bone) and then a big ass chocolate souffle for dessert, which you can see in the pic.