On a beautiful day, the best seat in the house is at a table outside, right? Well not if you are at The Standard Grill. Don’t get me wrong, sitting outside is great. But why sit outside, when you can sit inside at the Chef’s Counter? That’s right. The Standard Grill has a glorious chef’s counter. There are about a handful of seats at this counter that face a window into the kitchen. You get a firsthand look into the life of a chef, and for this Bite-Sized Blonde, that experience is priceless.
Even if your sights aren’t set on being a chef one day, this is still a cool experience. It’s like dinner and movie, or in my case, brunch and a show. I had a mint lemonade to start which was super yummy. The lemonade was freshly squeezed and mixed with a handful of mint leaves; such a refreshing way to start a meal! I couldn’t decide between the burger and the olive oil poached eggs, so I ordered both. Hey, you only live once.
The eggs were divine. They were served floating in a shallow bowl of spicy olive oil with a side of grilled French bread. I ordered a side salad to go along with my eggs; I love mixed greens with eggs. Try it some time; it rocks! The eggs were perfectly cooked. The yolk ran into the olive oil which was the ideal mixture of creamy and spicy for my bread. The salad, as simple as it was, was also great. The greens were crisp and they were dressed with just the right amount of vinaigrette.
The burger, which I had the privilege of watching being cooked, was awesome. It was charred yet tender. The bun was soft but sturdy enough to handle the juicy meat. The fries were crunchy and salty, just the way I like ‘em.
The Standard Grill
848 Washington Street at 13th Street
New York, NY