Barley and Grain
Mon-Wed, 5pm-1am; Thu-Fri, 5pm-2am; Sat, 10am-4pm and 5pm-2am; Sun, 10am-4pm
Nearby Subway Stops
1 at 79th St.
American Express, MasterCard, Visa
- Bar Scene
- Brunch - Weekend
- Dine at the Bar
- Outdoor Dining
- Full Bar
First things first: Barley is indeed a grain, but you probably won’t think twice about semantics at this Upper West Side eatery. The owners of Tangled Vine opted for whiskey instead of wine at their newest Amsterdam Avenue venture—the two venues are kitty-corner to each other—and their drink list is ripe with options, featuring more than 100 varieties of whiskey and eight cocktails. Go sweet or savory: The bourbon-based Watermelon Refresher, with ginger-honey syrup, lemon, watermelon, and ginger ale, packs a wallop; the bacon Manhattan, made with bacon-infused Buffalo Trace, sweet vermouth, and bitters, would be a worthy substitute for an appetizer. But all of the drinks complement the meaty menu: The appetizer list is almost as long as the rest of the menu, running the gamut from housemade potato chips and Cajun spicy fries to grilled baby-lamb-chop lollipops and truffled foie gras. The remainder of the offerings are split up into Greens and Grains and Land and Sea; you’ll find acceptable salads, bacon macaroni and cheese, and a roasted eggplant on the former, but Barley and Grain is at its best with bigger plates. The B&G burger is eight ounces of Wagyu grass-fed beef on a crisp pretzel bun, and the boneless free-range chicken is pressed to perfection, served with a side of cilantro dip you’ll soon slather all over your plate.
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