My wife and I went to Irish breakfast (brunch) this morning at Half King, an Irish bar at 23rd St & 10th Ave in Chelsea. We each ordered the Irish Breakfast which, for those of you unfamiliar, is irish bacon (rashers), black & white pudding, sausage, beans, mushrooms, 2 eggs, a grilled tomato, and toast. Each comes with a free bloody mary, kir royale, or mimosa. Half King charges $13 for this platter.
First, let me say that the black and white pudding was delicious -- subtly spiced, and moist on the inside, and grilled nicely on the outside. Too many places in NYC overcook the pudding. The rest of the platter was not up to the standard. The rashers were dry and rubbery. We ordered our eggs poached, but they basically were delivered hard-boiled. Mushrooms were straight out of a can, without any obvious cooking or flavoring. The grilled tomato was not cooked through.
I felt like having a Guinness instead of the complementary drink. They won't allow you to substitute, and, when the Guinness came, I found they are charging the full Manhattan $5 for a glass somewhat less than a pint -- I would guess 12 oz.
I would not go back; I have had a much better Irish Breakfast at Puck Fair near Broadway / Lafayette.
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