Mustang Harry's, 352 7th Ave, New York, NY, 10001.
I walk in wondering if I had been here before, something feels familiar. Sharon greets me with a smile then eagerly shows me to my table. I look around, it's feels the same but something looks different. Then it dawns on me, American Whiskey around the corner down the street! Is a lunch at Mustang Harry's a copy and paste experience? Sure and that isn't bad at all. So let's give Mustang Harry's it's due.
I looked over the signature cocktails finding the Barrel Aged Boulevardier. Ingredients are listed on the menu along with a helpful flavor profile description. When sipping the boulevardier expect it to be spirit forward, bitter sweet, aromatic and complex, as per the menu. Sharon took the time to ask if I'd had one before, explained how many others described it before sending the cocktail back. We had a nice little back and forth, I knew I was in good hands. Feeling properly warned and clear of what to expect I ordered my BAB. The Starters a.k.a. appetizers list is interesting devoid of the diner standards of most joints. The To Share menu is where you'll find familiar favorites, like Disco Fries "Jersey Style". The Charred Lamb Lollipops on chimichurri sauce piqued my curiosity. Sharon confirmed wise choice. My cocktail arrived, I ripped open a Trip Wipes to relax Covid-19 free and take in the rest.
You get a single laminated page menu and printed daily specials. Yes, one of those interesting menus with something for everyone yet not overburdened with options, so ordering decisions should go quickly. Sharon recommended the ribs or the porkchop special. I wanted the Prime Hanger Steak Frites with garlicky greens, cowboy butter and fries. I expressed desire for the Smoky Mac & Cheese because I like smoked gouda and bacon crumbs, Sharon helped me save $9 by ditching the fries. Deep into my Barrel Aged Boulevardier the cough medicine vibe is long gone and I had been enjoying something different. Time for a fresh drink Sharon waves me off the Caribbean Old Fashioned assuring me Mustang Harry's take on the classic will be satisfying and it does meet expectations.
The Lamb Lollipops arrived and were heavenly. Ordered medium they were so tender, full of flavor. You get three per plate, for $5 more they'll serve you a forth one. I could eat these like wings. Don't get crazy with the chimichurri sauce the lamb doesn't need it. I gnawed on the bones like junkyard dog.
The place gets little loud as the Happy Hour crowd comes in. If there is music I'm not hearing it. The flat panels are broadcasting ESPN and FOX Sports on mute. A conversation can be had just speak up a little.
Hanger steak and a Malbec-Syrah blend arrive then every moment is great. My steak frites are medium-rare, each bite has a slight bulgogi note and that's good! The garlicky greens are flavor packed and even welcome a sip of wine. My side dish of adult macaroni and cheese are also 4 stars. Mustang Harry's quickly gets on the Visit Again List. While the hanger steak is near perfection it will cool quickly, so quit yapping and eat!
I finished with a Bourbon Walnut brownie topped with Vanilla ice cream, also a nice cup of joe. MSRP on this meal was $110, this included two cocktails and a glass of wine. Great service from Sharon with an assist from Collen, we all joked about social distancing. A pleasurable meal in everyway. I look forward to coming back and I was thanked quite a bit for coming out. I think the restaurant scene worries about a city-wide closing. That would be a shame.