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Burke & Wills

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226 W. 79th St., New York, NY 10024 40.78348 -73.979519
nr. Broadway  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
646-823-9251 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Australian
  • Price Range: $$$

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Mon-Fri, 4pm-midnight; Sat, 11am-2am; Sun, noon-midnight

Nearby Subway Stops

1 at 79th St.



Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Romantic
  • Design Standout
  • Reservations Not Required


  • Full Bar


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This Australian bistro on the Upper West Side seamlessly blends regional fare with traditional Australian food for a pleasant twist on the American bistro. At the beautiful bar, you can find clever drinks like the Bushfire Margarita (mezcal and orange bitters), or hop upstairs to the Manhattan Cricket Club, an imperial-style lounge filled with enormous chesterfield chairs in which you can graze on the restaurant's appetizers. The dining room is beneath an enormous glass canopy—a nice setting to enjoy a menu of East Coast seafood or gamier Australian meats. The zesty raw oysters make for excellent starters, as do the succulent lamb merguez sliders that come with a creamy charmoula aioli. Try the Roo burger, made from ground kangaroo loin and served with triple-fried chips and a tomato jam, whose recipe is from the owner's mother (and it's delicious). On the other hand, the cod is light and flaky, while the ricotta gnocchi includes fava beans and a braised artichoke garnish. The chefs often have an unlisted dessert up their sleeves, too, which is well worth the inquiry. On one visit, lamingtons, a traditional Australian dessert of vanilla sponge cake with layers of strawberry jam, vanilla crème anglaise, and dark chocolate rolled in coconut, arrived post-meal.

Recommended Dishes

Lamb merguez sliders, $9; Roo burger, $17; ricotta gnocchi, $19