Five Lamps Tavern (Guest Post by Evan Dunbar)
I went out to lunch with my good friend Evan and his friend Christian to a new-ish restaurant in our neighborhood called Five Lamps Tavern. I had never been before, but we wanted to eat somewhere new in the neighborhood (our usual spots are getting a little exhausted) and Evan told me that they had a really nice outdoor space in the back, so I was sold! Five Lamps Tavern is known for its bar, but it also has a great menu of appetizers (including grilled corn, disco fries, and flatbread pizza), salads, and larger dishes.
The tavern has a large dining room and bar that opens onto the street and behind the restaurant is a fairly spacious outdoor area with tables and umbrellas. It was neat to sit out there because the space gets a lot of overhead sunlight but it’s surrounded by tall buildings on all sides, so it feels a little enclosed and private and you still get the outdoor feel. It’s a great place to hang out and stay a while on a nice day! Of course, we chose an extremely hot day to hang out, but they gave us plenty of water and it was good to be outside.
The service was good, although we waited a really long time for our food and the restaurant was not crowded at all. It was a little frustrating since I had to be at work later and our food took about 40 minutes to come, but it was all really good and I was able to eat and make it to work on time. I got the Chicken Sandwich ($10.00), which came on a fresh sourdough bun with fresh mozzarella, basil pesto, herb dried tomatoes, lettuce, and a balsamic drizzle. It also came with a side of IPA fries and ketchup. The sandwich was insanely good. The bun was fresh and toasted and gave a nice crunch to the sandwich. The chicken was cooked perfectly and the combination of the mozzarella, pesto, and herb dried tomatoes gave it a classic selection of flavors. The balsamic drizzle was amazing too, but a made the sandwich a little messy. The fries were crisp and flavorful and hit the spot! Overall, it was a filling and delicious lunch and well worth the price and the wait.
Evan got the Grilled Salmon BLT ($11.00), and Christian got the Classic Burger ($12.00), which was a Brooklyn Blend beef with lettuce, tomato, red onion, and a house remoulade with a side of IPA fries. Both of them enjoyed their meals and Evan offered to write about his meal! Here’s what he had to say:
“After coming here once for brunch with some family and friends, I was underwhelmed by Five Lamps Tavern. I got the seasonal veggie fritatas and they were dry, bland, and just not very interesting. I thought I should give the place another chance as it’s packed with all different types of people almost every night. I got the Grilled Salmon BLT (without the fresh cut bacon) and it was beyond delicious. A perfectly cooked fillet of salmon in between two wholesome toasted slices of country bread with crisp romaine lettuce, flavorful tomatoes and a fennel remoulade served with Five Lamps crunchy and fluffy IPA fries. It was wonderful! I’m really picky when it comes to my fish. If it’s too well done I don’t like it, and if it’s too undercooked I can’t eat it. Five Lamps got it perfectly, as salmon is an especially difficult fish to cook right. The bread of the sandwich was incredible; crunchy, buttery, and definetly homemade. All of that culinary magic paired with the zesty chutney and the mouth watering hand cut fries made for a perfect mid-day snack!” — Evan Dunbar, Guest Food Blogger
Five Lamps Tavern: http://fivelampstavern.com/pages
2756 Broadway (between 105th and 106th Streets)