St. Andrews Scottish Restaurant & Bar | Summer 2013
Out and About with @SingleGalNYC
We hadn’t been out on a foodie adventure in a while. We decided to keep things “local” staying not too far from our offices, easy to walk to, easy to get home from. Frankly, it’s unpleasant traversing through New York City, whether you’re on the island of Manhattan or in the outer boroughs, when it’s raining. Absolutely unpleasant, especially in the summer months. The heat and humidity in the subways are oppressive, and try hailing a cab during rush hour…okay, I thought so.
St. Andrews has a relaxed atmosphere, nice staff, they have an extensive spirits collection (yes, this island girl appreciates this) and seafood is quite prevalent on their menu (since I’m not a meat-eater, this helps). What also helps is the restaurant is quite large, so even on a Friday night, if you give them a call a few hours ahead, you’ll still have a chance to get a table for dinner.
We had a 6 o’clock reservation and were immediately taken upstairs and seated at the semi-floor to ceiling windows overlooking the street and pedestrian strollers below. With temps hovering in the high 70’s, aside from the light rain, it was absolutely pleasant.
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We began with cocktails — coincidentally, they were both pink. Please don’t ask what they were — at least, please don’t ask me what they were. Actually, I simply asked the waitress to tell the bartender I wanted something sweet-tasting in a tall glass with ice, tequila, rum or brandy. When you’re from the islands, I subscribe to: The higher the proof, the warmer the heart.
Then we followed up with a palate-pleaser…Oysters. We inhaled them.
We could have passed on dessert — “could” — but why when you have all this?
We’d ordered Butterscotch Ice Cream Sandwiches and Baked Old Fashioned Apple Crisp with Cinnamon Ice Cream, but they were out of the Apple Crisp, so we settled on the ice cream. In a word, both were: Delicious. The one downside: The ice cream was melting fast. Not sure if it was due to the humidity or what, but we expected it to be a bit firmer. But the upside: They were gone in about 5 minutes. If you don’t believe me, see @SingleGalNYC’s tweet.
Since this was my second pleasant, spaced widely apart visit, I can say:
St. Andrews is one of those go-to places for an unpretentious after-work hangout on any night of week.
If you’re visiting from out of town, and happen to be in the Times Square/Theater District area, stop by, and pull up to the bar or grab a table or booth. It’s particularly a sweet spot for us British Commonwealthers, British expats and Britophiles.