Please note that the meal was complimentary. However, the opinions expressed in my blog are 100% my own!
Last Thursday, I tagged along my friend Mailini, The Restaurant Fairy, to an influencer evening organized by David "Rev" Ciancio from Burger Conquest and Food and City at The Bedford in Williamsburg where some amazing burgers, cocktails and wine were served.
We did not go to the main dining room but to the bar in the back that was beautiful with its leather banquettes and decor that gave the impression we went back in time.
There were three different burgers:
The Mac and Cheese Burger that was my favorite. Contrary to what some restaurant that combine burgers with a dish as decadent as mac and cheese, at The Bedford, the buns are replaced by a crispy mac and cheese patty made with Monterey Jack cheese, Mozzarella and NY State cheddar.
The Mozzarella burger: similar to the Mac and Cheese Burger, the mozzarella was in a panko crusted patty that added a nice crunch to the whole thing, but this time it did not replace the bun. The sauce was a paprika aioli.
But probably the most surprising of all was the Everything Scotch Egg Burger, a fusion between a Scottish and an American Classic, the scotch egg replacing the bun. This burger had NY State cheddar cheese and some purple pickled onions.
I should mention that the meat was a grass-fed beef that you could really taste the meat, not smothered with a bunch of seasoning, and was perfectly cooked, very juicy.
I tried two of the three cocktails that were proposed. The first one was the Pineapple Rum Old Fashioned, made with dark rum, roasted pineapple syrup and bitters.
The second was L'étranger, maybe an homage to Jean-Paul Sartre and his famous book. It was made with Absolute lime vodka, watermelon, aperol, white wine and mint.
I had a Pinot Noir from Cloud No 9, a producer from New Zealand. I met the founder, Christian Butler and we talk about wine, and food of course. They describe on their website better than me this wine:
Cloud No. 9 Marlborough Pinot Noir comes from the heart of the Marlborough Golden Mile in Rapaura.
The berry is an uneven ripener that needs to be sorted carefully, and getting this right takes time, patience and perfectionism. It is hand picked, vinified using traditional methods and aged in oak barrels for a total of 18 months.
Our Pinot exhibits beautiful, primary fruit characters on the nose. Displaying hints of dark cherries, raspberry and wild violets. It has a delightful juicing mid palate, with fine grain tannins and clean acidity. Once it has opened up, new flavours will come to light that bring you back for a second taste.
I had a great time with my fellow bloggers at The Bedford and the food and drinks were fantastic. I would definitely go back there, especially considering how easy and quick it is to come from the city.
Enjoy (I did)!
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The Bedford - 110 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249