Midtown West (Theater District): St. Andrews Restaurant & Bar (Scottish)

St. Andrews Scottish Restaurant & Bar | Summer 2013

Out and About with @SingleGalNYC

St, Andrew's Restaurant Sign

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.

Cocktails 1 - St. Andrew's          Cocktails 2 - St. Andrew's

Then we followed up with a palate-pleaser…Oysters.  We inhaled them.  

Oysters - Appetizers That prepped us for our entrees…

Simply grilled salmon with roasted cauliflower
Simply Grilled Scottish Salmon with Roasted Cauliflower
Pan Seared Striped Bass with Potato Rosti and Sauteed Spinach
Pan Seared Striped Bass with Potato Rosti and Sauteed Spinach

We could have passed on dessert — “could” — but why when you have all this?

The Dessert Menu at St. Andrew's
The Dessert Menu at St. Andrew’s

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.

Butterscotch Ice Cream Sandwiches...butterscotch ice cream between homemade shortbread cookies
Butterscotch Ice Cream Sandwiches…butterscotch ice cream between homemade shortbread cookies
Several scoops of Cinnamon Ice Cream
Several scoops of Cinnamon Ice Cream

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.


3 thoughts on “Midtown West (Theater District): St. Andrews Restaurant & Bar (Scottish)

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  2. A mouthwatering recap of a truly delightful evening! And confirmation that you are a far better food photographer than I will ever be. 🙂 Eagerly anticipating our next foodie adventure. XOXO

    • Absolutely! Luv it when we go out! We’re always buzzed and stuffed. Good times. *hugs*

      P.S. Restaurant Week(s) begin next week soon (July 22 – Aug 16, I think). We could do at least 2 brunches or a dinner and a brunch or whatever?

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