I really enjoyed the dark dance club atmosphere of the dining room at the back of The Lodge Club in the Village. The music varied from disco to punk rock to today’s alt rock and the food was fine gastropub fare. They are getting famous for their roasted bone marrow, but I stuck to more basic Modern American versions of the comfort food classics that are on the menu. Portions were respectable and most can be shared between two diners. The Lodge Club is from the same folks who brought you Bounce and Vero Midtown, so you just know they have high standards for ingredients and kitchen staff. Chef Olnowich has works for Olives NYC and the restaurant at L’Ecole (the French cooking school downtown) so you just know that he’s creative before you set foot in The Lodge!
My dining partner and I started off by ordered the delicious Skirt Steak Tacos ($17) which was a portion of three four or five inch soft flour tacos stuffed liberally with soft medium rare marinated skirt steak and covered with fresh red peppers, sweet onions and cilantro leaves. They tasted fresh and juicy, and the natural citrus sauce on them topped with a squeeze of fresh lime wedge was heavenly!
|The Lodge Burger|
|Truffle Mac and Cheese|
|Chocolate Chip Sundae|
The Lodge Club has events each week and most of the time you can catch a wonderful art or photography display on the side walls of the front room that includes the bar. The ambience is cozy, the staff is friendly and reservations are not necessary. I predict that this will become a big neighborhood hangout for those who just want and after dinner drink but also want to be able to grab high quality pub and American fare till late at night.
The Lodge Club
35 West 8th Street
New York, NY 10011