Burke & Wills is not your typical Upper West Side restaurant. Delivering adventurous cuisine all the way from Australia combined with seasonal specialties and original artisan cocktails, Burke & Wills delivers a unique experience in a neighborhood filled with lovely but typical restaurant choices.
Owned and run by Australian expats Tim Harris and partner Matilda Boland, they offer several different experiences under one roof, a casual bar, an exclusive cocktail lounge and The Manhattan Cricket Club on the second floor.
A recently revamped Brunch menu showcases a build your own Bloody Mary Bar where choices range from the original spicy formula with lemon, celery and olive to the fancier option of the works plus with bacon and a shrimp skewer.
Recommended brunch specialties include The Avocado Smash with tomato, frisse, pickled onions and feta cheese.($10), The Swagman’s breakfast for the really hungry customer, 2 eggs, hanger steak, pork belly, roasted mushrooms and potatoes.($20) and the Pancakes with berries and candied walnuts($16).
The dinner menu offers more adventurous options such as a Kangaroo Burger with tomato jam, arugula, and pickled onions. The roasted salmon is a healthier choice and a favorite with heirloom beans, kalamata olives, and lemon nage.
An extensive Australian wine selection is available to pair with the seasonal menus as well and creative cocktails invented by renowned mixologist Greg Seider. The “Beds are Burning” concoction is a spicy cucumber margarita with Arette Blanco tequila, lime orange bitters, fresh cucumber and Thai chili agave.
Burke & Wills 226 west 79th st. (646) 823-9251
Open 7 days a week for lunch, brunch, cocktails, and dinner as well as a late night lounge. Call for complete details or visit www.burkeandwillsny.com