If you have been in the vicinity of West Village as of late, you’ve noticed the new monstrosity of a building that went up in the space formerly occupied by the Hank Haney driving range. While I’m sure we all miss the green space and blue sky that good ole’ Hank afforded us, I’m kind of wild about some of the businesses in the new building … namely Public School 214 and Eureka.
Eureka was the first of the two to open a couple months back and I was invited in with a guest to experience, as they call it, an
“enlightening burger experience, accompanied by fresh ingredients, artisan recipes, craft beer, classic cocktails and rock n’ roll.”
The Truffle Cheese Fries and our first round of drinks were the first to hit our table … and we loved every second of all of them. I enjoyed an Old Fashioned and my (super fun and awesome) +1 enjoyed a Greyhound. The bar offers a decent selection of high-end liquors, but doesn’t ignore the usuals and their cocktail list affords the classics while getting a little crazy with some more creative options.
The Golden Ale Mussels aren’t to be missed. Of the appetizers we tried, this was by far our favorite thanks to the jalapeño bacon stock. Just make sure you ask for extra bread!
The Bone Marrow Burger was a suggestion from our waiter. It was a LOT of flavor and was incredibly rich. I couldn’t even get close to finishing it … though I’m not sure if it was because of its decadence or because of the mound of onion rings, fries (sweet and original), Beef Ragu Grits (stone-ground grits, shaved horseradish, fine herbs), and about five other things. (Ugh … they should have told us to wear stretchy pants.)
Their menu is LARGE and offers anything from burgers to pizzas to a taco bar. (Seriously.) I’d say that they should focus on fewer things, but they seem to have an understanding of this game as this is their 14th location with a 15th on the way.
The vibe is decidedly Uptown … as is the crowd. What is one to expect in the area, though? Parking is a bit of a nightmare and I couldn’t figure it out myself and accidentally set off a fire alarm in the parking garage. (Oops.)
Stop in to see what Eureka has to offer … just make sure to order those Truffle Cheese Fries. (It’d be rude not to.)