Food For Thought — June 2, 2014 at 3:40 pm

New Menu Puts Spring in Bounce’s Sporty Step

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Front Bar Shot If you think sports bars are to good food as oil is to water, you might want to reconsider. Bounce Sporting Club, a popular sporty booze joint with locations on W. 21st and E. 73rd streets, has joined up with Executive Chef Sean Olnowich to release a summer menu that’s pretty impressive. The new menu is extensive and peppered with phrases like “grass-fed” that play to its patrons’ increasingly health-minded eating preferences. Turns out office bros want a little more for this planet. Like all bar snacks, many of the new menu items are best consumed in groups. Stand-out items include the made-to-order guacamole, which tastes as fresh as it promises and comes with tortilla chips coated in a finger-licking blend of spices. According to the chef, this guac comes from a recipe he learned in Mexico. Unsurprising since it’s probably some of the best green stuff I’ve had. Opt for a double serving. Cubano Quesadillas 4 Other deliciously share-worthy (or not) dishes include the Cubana Quesadilla, a nod to the sandwich with ham, pork, Swiss and pickles on a tortilla, yellowfin tuna tempura bites and taco bites, which look like your quintessential hard-shell ground-beef taco but in miniature. Another favorite is the French Dip Sliders, which come with oven-roasted beef, wasabi sour cream and a house-made jus on a brioche bun. These bites of perfection would wash down well with a darker lager.

French Dip Sliders 6                            Taco Bites 8 But if lager isn’t your thing, Bounce has a range of inventive cocktails, some of which feature its house-infused banana Jameson (sounds gross but is actually really good). The J-Stroke comes with this concoction mixed with strawberries and ginger ale, a combination that makes it as dangerously drinkable as a favorite soda at a fourth-grade birthday party. Your fourth-grade self would probably love it, too – it’s that sweet. But if infused whiskey is too much for you to take, opt for the Trophy Wife, which features Belvedere Pink Grapefruit Vodka, ginger liqueur, champagne, lemon and grapefruit zest. Bounce isn’t resting on its new-found culinary laurels. The sports bar has also reinvented classic favorites, like its burgers and even has a kale salad on offer. Breathe a sigh of relief, Manhattanites, and say no to soggy nachos with your post-work drinks. Twisted Talk: Would you go to a sports bar for the food? Will you be trying the new menu items at Bounce Sporting Club? Discuss below!

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