Restaurant: Sidecar – 560 5th Avenue between 15th and 16th Streets, Brooklyn, New York

As some of you may have seen, Sidecar was featured last night on Food Network‘s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. Some behind the scene photos can be found on the restaurant’s Facebook page and boy did it look like they had a good time filming this episode.

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Now onto the food…

I can’t remember the last time I had fried chicken but I can tell you this, it definitely was not as good as the fried chicken at Sidecar. This restaurant/bar, located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, has a very unique feel to it and is a neighborhood gem. It seems like everyone that lives in the area knows about Sidecar and will take any excuse to walk in the door. Run by two brothers, they take both food and drink very seriously and it shows.

Looking around at other tables and seeing the portion sizes, I decided to forgo an appetizer and jumped right into the main course.

My girlfriend, Hailey, and I decided to go with:

  • Buttermilk Fried Chicken: free range chicken, root mash, sauteed kale and bacon
  • Moules Frites: steamed mussels, shallots, chorizo, cilantro, chipotle mayo, french fries

The chicken came out and boy was it a lot of food. Three pieces of perfectly fried chicken along with a healthy serving of mashed potatoes and kale crowded the plate. The fried chicken was delicious. Under the fried exterior, the chicken was juicy and filled with an amazing flavor (and of course the fried part was a highlight of the dish). The crispiness and juiciness worked perfectly together and I

Moules Frites

was in heaven. While the mashed potatoes were nothing to write home about and tasted like they probably came out of a box, the kale was a nice unique vegetable that was a great addition. The kale was sauteed and flavored with bacon, olive oil, and I’m sure some other ingredients that gave it the perfect flavor. It wasn’t too oily and with the bacon, had a nice smokey flavor which worked well with the fried chicken.

Next up, the Moules Frites. Now my favorite mussels in the city are at BXL Cafe. However, the mussels at Sidecar gave BXL a run for its money and I think I may have a new favorite. This dish had an incredible flavor. The chorizo along with the chipotle mayo, which was placed on top of the dish, gave it tremendous flavor. I was surprised to see the mayo placed on top of the mussels (we expected it to be on the side for the fries) but it worked perfectly. The fries were perfectly seasoned as well. They were nice and salty – exactly how I like my fries.

The Verdict

Sidecar is a neighborhood gem and after eating here, I can see why. Whether it’s just heading over for a couple of drinks or sitting down to a meal, Sidecar delivers. It is clear that a tremendous amount of care is put into each and every dish. At around 6:30 on a Friday, Sidecar was full, but not overly crowded. However, by the time we left, there were plenty of people waiting for tables and the bar was bustling. If you’re in the area and looking for a great meal with your friends, a date or your parents, I highly recommend Sidecar. The next time I’m in Park Slope I will definitely be looking to head back to try some other items on the menu.

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