This could just be one of my favorite new spots in town. Visiting Bill’s Townhouse is a wondrous delight…the recently reopened three story townhouse is like a museum, with old black and white photographs covering the walls, a library of leather bound books, and all the ambiance of a mid-1800’s speakeasy. If it weren’t for the delicious food, we’d spend our whole evening here wandering into every nook and cranny.
As we mentioned, the townhouse dates back to the 1800’s, and has hosted a famous speakeasy during Prohibition, as well as Bill’s Gay Nineties. In keeping with the theme (and name), Bill’s Townhouse serving speakeasy-themed cocktails and live piano in the tavern Monday through Friday from 8-11pm (and it’s awesome).
The menu here boasts a great raw bar, as well as some out-of-the-ordinary classic American dishes like lobster thermidor and beef wellington. These old school bites are not to be missed. We started off our evening with the highly recommended Lobster Thermidor and Buttered Egg Noodles with Meatballs. Neither dish is something I would typically order, but both left me wanting more. As a main, we tried the Scallop Newburg, which was outstanding. Accompanied with leek, mushroom and sherry cream, these scallops were prepared to perfection. Other options include everything from Seared Hamachi and Smoked Pork Belly to Bone-In Ribeye and Fried Chicken Cutlets.
Do. Not. Leave. Without. Dessert. This is a warning. Their Yellow Cake, served with chocolate ganache and whipped cream, is out of this world. I was planning on just having a bite but ended up licking the plate clean. It was simple, but oh so good.
Even if you’re just looking for an after-work drink, this spot will do the trick.
Twisted Talk: What’s your favorite spot to eat in Midtown? Have you dined at Bill’s Townhouse yet? Discuss below!