Discover Burke & Wills | Australian Restaurant In New York
Uptown With A Down Under Vibe
This hidden gem offers three different experiences making it an easy Upper West Side destination not far from Central Park. Owned by Australian expats Tim Harris and partner Matilda Boland, it has become well known for its top-notch combination of seasonal cuisine and original, artisanal cocktails. Named for the pioneers who made an expedition across Australia in 1860, Burke & Wills is a modern, seasonal bistro, influenced by the adventurous flavors of Australia.
You can round up your friends to meet at the comfortable, wood paneled bar. It’s great neighborhood hangout. Grab an Ozzie beer or wine and indulge in tasty morsels such as soft and creamy taleggio cheese drizzled with honey, topped with walnuts, creamy textured salt cod croquettes with piquant harissa dip, vegetarian risotto fritters with tomato jam, or rich and restorative bone marrow with grilled scallions.
Perfect for a date night or an occasion dinner is the main dining room positioned in the very back of the restaurant. It’s a kind of beautifully appointed glass-roofed atrium that affords diners the feeling of eating in a spring garden without the inconvenience of the changeable weather New York can surprise us with.
Executive Chef Rodrigo Nogueira, a native of Brazil and a graduate of the French Culinary Institute, who previously cooked at Montmartre, The Monkey Bar, Colicchio and Sons, Craftsteak, The Four Seasons and Resto, has created a menu that is produce-driven, fresh, bright, and vibrant for every season.
Yes there is Kangaroo on the menu, in burger form. You should really order it just to try if you never have. Don’t miss the raw bar or small plates. Do leave some space for the large plates barramundi, (an Australian seabass) or the signature Australian Lamb Rack to name a couple.
This is not a ‘lets skip dessert’ kind of spot. Try the Pavlova: those Aussies did well to include the well know Down-Under indulgence. What will be a little tough is deciding between the other equally divine sweets. The Pavlova should have company after all.
The Manhattan Cricket Club
So, the evening is going well and you don’t want you night to end? Upstairs, hidden in plain sight behind an upholstered door is The Manhattan Cricket Club just the right place for a nightcap. Located in an apartment restored to its original layout and aesthetic. The décor includes a wood-paneled living room and library (with real books) gold brocade wallpaper and inviting leather sofas. A private club that is open to the public, the Manhattan Cricket Club offers exclusivity without snobbery. The cocktail list is highly recommended offering very creative and ingenious selection. Other notable attributes include a Martini Service and a Calvisius Caviar program.
Nestled in the Upper West Side, close to Central Park, great food, bespoke cocktails, experience options, warm and friendly staff….?!