Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tuesday Nights: BXL Cafe

Towards the end of the last year, my friends thought that we weren't hanging out enough. It's true, we weren't. So they started Tuesday night get-togethers. Every Tuesday, we'll pick a bar to drink, eat, and hang out for a couple of hours. Whomever can make it will attend. If you're busy, it's okay. There's always next week. So this is Tuesday Nights on Tasty Eating where you will find bars that serve food and how we like them.

Recently, we headed out to: BXL
BXL is a bar serving all things Belgium including their beer and food. I'm a fan of Belgium beers in the summer because it's usually quite light and refreshing. Not to mention it's also pretty easy to drink. We arrive one hot summer night to a pretty packed bar area. The people were mostly collared shirts taking a breather from their day at work. So we walked past them to the restaurant area where the tables were located.

We started with their draft beers. I chose their house beer: Cuvee BXL ($6). It was really refreshing with some fruity/citrusy flavors. I enjoyed this and continued to drink this for the rest of the night.

Once we had our drinks ordered, we moved onto the food. We started with some buffalo wings that were just very mediocre. It's hard to find good wings these days at random bars. In truth, those Irish pubs around the city make the best ones.

This is plate of mushroom ragout in puff pastry ($8). I enjoyed this. The mushroom were cooked in a light cream sauce which was rich but not heavy. The bread soaked it up really nicely. I could just eat this on toast and be very happy.
As usual, we ordered the calamari ($9) which was lightly breaded (we like) but the squid inside was chewy (we not like). The sauce was just okay and something you can find in a jar in the supermarket.
I, of course, pushed for mussels. We're in a Belgium bar, aren't we? Anyway, a nice pot of mussels with cream, onions, and bacon ($20). Not my first choice but it's not always about me, is it? Hahahah! Anyway, the 2 lbs of mussels were juicy and fresh. There were hardly any bad ones in the pot. The residual sauce was delicious. We used that basket of  bread to good use.
The mussels came with a side of fries which were very nice. Crispy yet soft on the inside and well salted. Instead of ketchup, I think they served mayo in the cup.
We also ordered some beef tartar on toast. The meat was smooth and tasty. This was surprisingly good. I would definitely get this again.
Although BXL was quite crowded, I enjoyed it. After about 8pm, the crowd died down (probably people going home) and we enjoyed a less noisy meal. Though, we're pretty noisy ourselves. The waitress came around often to refill our beers which kept us happy. I would definitely come back, especially for the mussels. In fact, they have a deal on Sundays and Mondays evenings for All-You-Can-Eat mussels and fries and 1 beer for $20. That's a nice deal!

BXL Cafe
125 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036-6505
(212) 768-0200


  1. AYCE Mussels and Fries? I smell a FBM HH...

  2. H, the address on their website is 125 West 43rd.....even closer to me. This sounds scrumptious and I'm going to have to try it. :P

  3. @CheeeeEEEEse: Thanks! Fixed!

  4. damn i thought it was 25 W. 43rd. would have been so much closer to home. haha

  5. Me would like unlimited mussels, frites, and a beer. Let us pursue this sometime.


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