I was fortunate enough to be invited in to Jacques Brasserie on the Upper East Side to try out their new Belgian Feast. Every day except Friday and Saturday, from 5:30-7pm, they offer Moules Frites & a Draft Beer for just $22! I consider myself a connoisseur of moules frites and while many places say they have the best, this spot is pretty darn high on that list.
The restaurant itself is charming and really does feel like you’ve been transported to Paris somewhere (I’ve been there, so it’s no joke). The staff is friendly and helpful. The restaurant is quite large, so whether you’re wondering in from work, or need a respite from a few hours at the Met — its only a few avenues over, I’m sure you’ll find something delicious, even if you aren’t having mussels.
Our waiter informed that the dijonnaise (mustard, shallots and garlic) were their best version, and so we both went with those. As I enjoyed my Leffe (who knew the E was silent), the steaming pot of mussels came with an ever so crispy dish of fries — some of the best fries I’ve had. Super crispy and hot, ready to be dunked into the rich broth of my mussel pot (do yourself a favor and toss a few in and let them soak, then eat). The mussels were plump, all cooked perfectly. At $22, it’s quite a deal.
For those who may be looking for a more American gastropub, one of the sister restaurants, located at 1st avenue between 83rd and 84th is The Pitch and Fork. They have classics like Welch rarebit (no, not rabbit) and pan roasted trout among other things.