The Black Derby

I recently discovered a spot in the West Village called The Black Derby! This delectable dining spot is comfortable and quaint with hand crafted cocktails and a seasonal menu. As you enter, you’re greeted by the lovely staff who are all very attentive and friendly. The exposed brick walls and top hat lights really make this spot charming and unique with the New York style you would expect from a quaint restaurant such as The Black Derby.

I started off with the Mi Esposo cocktail made with el buho mezcal, pamplemousse rosé, lime, and grapefruit. It was an extremely hot day so this drink was the perfect refresher before the big meal. I decided to start with some appetizers including the: Lamb Sliders with Goat Cheese, Harissa Mayo, Mint Apple Chutney, on a Hawaiian Roll, the Double Cut Bacon with House Cured Pork Belly, Bourbon Glaze, Pickled Vegetables, and the Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese, Spiced Marcona Almonds, and Sherry Citronette.

Each appetizer was fantastic, especially the beet salad and lamb sliders. If you want something to share I absolutely recommend any one of these three (especially the bacon) to share so you have room for some incredibly indulgent entrees. After I finished my first cocktail, it was time for something that would easily pair with the bacon appetizer and lamb sliders. I chose the The Black Derby cocktail, made with woodford reserve bourbon, molasses, pink grapefruit. I just love bourbon, bacon, and anything grilled or barbecued when paired together, so this cocktail was a match with the food.

After all those apps, I made some room for two delectable options. The Moules Frites (Mussels) with White Wine, Parsley, House-Smoked Garlic, and Pommes Frites is a must have if you enjoy these tasty bi-valves and delicious french fries. Without thinking about another side of frites, I ordered the Steak Frites, which was cooked perfectly medium rare and had the most beautiful char. It was quite a french fry overload, but they were so addicting I somehow managed to eat most of them anyway!

To end the evening on a sweet note, I decided the Espresso Chocolate Mousse with whipped cream was the best option. I wanted something light and sweet with a bit of a bitter bite to help cleanse my palate after all the delicious food I had just consumed. This dessert is perfect for those that enjoy chocolate and coffee, and it even comes in a chocolate edible cup.

If you’re seeking a spot with a great ambiance, intimate atmosphere, and great menu options I absolutely recommend you try The Black Derby soon! This spot is perfect for a date night, gatherings with friends, and even just to grab a drink and light bite at the bar. You will not be disappointed with their delicious menu, friendly staff, and great cocktails.

 

Sara Lehman

About Sara Lehman

Sommelier, Private Chef, & Food and Wine Pairing Expert in NYC! Sara is a Wine Writer, Wine Ambassador, and Wine Consultant specializing in pairings, parties, entertaining and education.

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