Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tuesday Nights: Kipsey's

Towards the end of  one 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. Whoever 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.

On this recent Tuesday Night, we headed out to: Kipsey's

Before I start reviewing Kipsey's, I would like to put out there that the owners/managers reached out to me. They asked me to come in and try their food. They even offered to meet me. However, to keep things anonymous, I declined the offer to meet and assured them that I would in fact go and try out their food.
My friends and I all piled into Kipsey's on a cold winter night. We looked over the menu and decided to get our own dishes instead of sharing a bunch of appetizers. I looked over the menu and definitely decided to get the Kipsey's Burger ($12) which comes with the choice of salad or fries. I definitely opted for the latter. The burger itself looked small but it made up for that with height. A thick patty cooked to my specification (medium) then topped with cheese (+$1) and served on a toasted homemade bun. The meat was well seasoned and flavorful. The cheese was fully melted and the bun soft yet held up through the last bite. It was a very enjoyable burger and I wouldn't hesitate to order it again. The fries were crispy yet fluffy inside. And it was also well seasoned. Unsalted fries are sad.

One other person ordered the schnitzel ($13 with 2 sides which are not pictured) which was a large panko crusted chicken cutlet fried and served with some lemon aioli. Those who ordered it said it was enjoyable and a very large portion indeed.
Another popular order that night was the fried chicken ($14 with 2 sides which are not pictured) with honey sambal oelek sauce. The chicken was the biggest miss of the night. The dark pieces were fried okay but the breast was completely dry. There wasn't enough sauce to save that piece of chicken.
And lastly, we ordered one dish to share which were the fried pickles ($6). Unfortunately, these were fried pickle spears and not medallions. This led to less fried goodness and more hot pickle juice in your mouth. I'm definitely a fan of the pickles slices when it comes to being fried. The surface area of batter to pickle is just perfect. I'd skip these next time.
Overall, I enjoyed my meal at Kipsey's. While some dishes needed some help (fried chicken and fried pickles), the other food was decent. The sides that weren't pictured were actually of a decent size so the price point wasn't outrageous. Oh and the service was friendly and attentive but not overbearing. The decor is casual and friendly. It looks like a nice neighborhood restaurant.

Kipsey's
438 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10010
(646) 590-3410
kipseys.com

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