NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2014: Burke and Wills

coopers pale ale grilled octopus kangaroo burger

NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2014: Burke and Wills


It’s one of my favorite times of year: restaurant week.  Restaurant week gives people the chance to eat at the city’s best restaurants at a reasonable price, which is perfect for this girl on a budget.  The first restaurant on my list this season is Burke and Wills on the Upper West Side.  Located on 79th Street and Broadway, Burke and Wills is a cute little bistro offering Australian cuisine.  There they ensure the quality and freshness of the food by presenting a menu based on seasonal ingredients.


Our reservation was at 5:30 and as we were early we took advantage of the happy hour at the bar.  Thinking along the lines of when in Rome, I ordered Fosters saying “isn’t that what they drink in Australia?”  The bartender, who also happens to be the owner chuckled and shook his head and offered me a Cooper’s Original Pale Ale on tap.  It was so light and refreshing and Burke & Wills is the only place you can get it on tap.


When our reservation time arrived, we were seated in a pretty little dining room, which would be great for holding special events.  The dining room was artfully decorated with a skylight that adds to the sophisticated and romantic feel of the room.


To start I ordered the grilled octopus, which was so amazingly tender and served with smoked mussels, frisée, cannellini beans, and white gazpacho.  For my main course I ordered the kangaroo burger of course, medium rare, which is the only way to order a burger.  The ‘roo burger was served with a tomato jam, which added just the right amount of heat.  The burger came with a side of triple fried chips, or fries as we Americans call them, which made them the right amount of crispy.


Overall I would highly recommend taking advantage of Restaurant Week and trying Burke and Wills.  I definitely plan on going back, restaurant week or not.



One thought on “NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2014: Burke and Wills

  1. Loved the review and photos! We too took advantage of Restaurant Week and gave Burke & Wills a go. Interestingly enough we also wrote a glowing review for the kangaroo burger [ ] and greatly enjoyed the octopus. Great minds think alike!

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