Minetta Tavern

This dimly lit, old-school institution is the perfect spot for grabbing late night drinks or dinner. I was here years ago when Minetta first reopened and reservations were near impossible to get.  I have to say, I like the restaurant much better now. More relaxed. Less pretentious. 

 Expert cocktails at the bar while we waited for our table.

Expert cocktails at the bar while we waited for our table.

We hadn't planned on having a huge steak at 11pm, but we when saw this beauty (the gentleman who was sitting next to us at the bar was having this dish), we couldn't resist.

 Bone-In NY Strip

Bone-In NY Strip

We even got the same mushroom side dish, which was equally yummy.

 Sautéed Mushroom

Sautéed Mushroom

Their signature Black Label Burger, the reason for our late night visit, was much better than I remembered!

 Black Label Burger

Black Label Burger

Not sure where we found room in our stomachs for dessert, but I am glad we did.  The soufflé was very light, with only a hint of the grand marnier. 

 Grand Marnier Soufflé 

Grand Marnier Soufflé 

Minetta Tavern
113 Macdougal Street (Between Bleecker St. & West 3rd St.)
http://www.minettatavernny.com

Verdict: AA