The Venue: Jacob's Pickles
509 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024
My date: Future Investment Banker Bro, Danny
The atmosphere: Rustic kind of barn-like feel, trendy but not in your face. My date described the room as "too dark."
Fried chicken and pancakes to split (thank you, waitress, for telling us that getting an order each would have been an absurd)
Side of collard greens
Side of mac and cheese
Rum and root beer
The fried chicken was a magical take on chicken and waffles. The combination of bacon bits and maple syrup was almost too much deliciousness for my date and I. Pancakes were how they should be: massive and fluffy. The portion was actually almost overwhelming for the both of us.
The mac and cheese was rich, so creamy and heavy. A little too creamy and not enough cheese for my taste but Danny took the skillet and basically ate it all, so he must have disagreed.
I ordered the collard greens in an attempt to balance out the plate, but the menu clearly states there is ham, so it was a less than healthy choice. They were perfectly cooked - not too droopy but a nice texture and flavor from the ham. Definitely a good choice even though my date refused to eat any because he doesn't like greens.
The drink tasted like quality root beer, not too much kick. Pretty delightful with all the comfort food. Danny hates pickles (didn't tell me that before I took him) so no pickle backs for us.
The fried oreos were so good I wanted to openly weep. It's not often that you find carny food in a quality New York restaurant. Not too mush y- the breading is crunchy enough that when you bite into it there is enough texture with the soft processed oreo-goodness.
My date said he definitely enjoyed the portions, especially refreshing in New York and would go back.