Family came to visit! My little brother is leaving for Italy on a band trip soon, so we had a little “family goodbye dinner.” We ended up at Cornerstone Tavern (961 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10022-7744).
Started off with an appetizer, a sampler platter. Baked potato skins with bacon, cheddar, and scallions. Cheese/rice croquettes. Buffalo wings. Crispy chicken strips. It also came with three dipping sauces: sour cream, bleu cheese, chipotle sour cream, and honey mustard. It was good, not that spectacular or unique tasting… just an every day sampler platter.
My brother got the Classic Burger, “lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, on parker house bun” with cajun fries. Simple. Medium-rare. He liked it, but is a man of few words so I don’t know. He did wolf it down though.
My mom got the Turkey Wrap, “House-roasted turkey, baby spinach, goat cheese, shaved red onion.” She liked it; it wasn’t too heavy on the wrap part and had a good, mild flavor, although it could have had more flavor. Also, the Tomato-Fennel soup, which I tasted. It just tasted like tomato soup; I didn’t taste any fennel but my mom did. It wasn’t bad though!
My dad also got a burger, but the Blue Burger, “applewood bacon, glazed onion, bleu cheese on parker house bun.” It was super juicy (he got medium rare as well) with oodles of bleu cheese. His words? “Awesome.” My dad was a full, happy camper, and could barely finish his fries (I helped).
I got the “Veggie Press,” which was a veggie panini of “Grilled eggplant, roasted peppers, portabella mushrooms, grilled onion, fresh mozzarella, basil pureé” and was pretty good. However, as I have found of pretty much every panini I’ve tried, the bread was too thick and there wasn’t enough inside. But what was inside was quite delicious! And the bread, although thick, was crispy and nicely pressed/grilled.
We ate outside because inside was extremely loud and very dark (well, Friday night… a tavern/pub… what could we expect?). The table we ate at was really small but it didn’t deter us. Because it had rained, there was the chance of some leftover water dripping onto the two unfortunate outside chair diners, but it was fine.
The service was pretty good and fast. I don’t know if we’ll eat here again just to come here, but if we find ourselves hungry and in the vicinity, the Cornerstone Tavern serves yummy, mid-way expensive food for growling stomachs. Plus, there is lots of opportunity for people watching!