This was our first visit to the B. Cafe on the upper east side. It is located on 75th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. The dining atmosphere for dinner is quite pleasant. Alrthough a very small space, the decor and lighting give the feeling of warmth and intimate dining rather than closed in. For the summer there is garden dining in the rear. This time of year, part of the garden area is enclosed. We chose to eat there,but needed the heater turned on to take the chill out of the air.
We were not familiar with Belgian cuisine, so all dishes were firsts for us. I ordered the Belgian beef stew. This was described as beef that has been marinated in dark beer for 8 hours. This stew consists of large chunks of beef in a dark gravy; there are no vegetables. The dish was okay, tender, but nothing exceptional. It came with a small side of frites, which were good. The second dish ordered was the seafood gratinee, which is a casserole dish of shrimp, scallop, mussel and calamari in a seasoned broth with some melted cheese drizzled on the top. This was tasty, but a bit too heavy on the calamari, and the shrimp were tough. The third dish was the spicey steamed mussels. A nice portion of steamed mussels, with some onion slivers,was served in a steaming pot . They were,indeed, spicey. This also came with a small side of frites. Sides we ordered were grilled asparagus and sauteed spinach. Both were tasty and cooked just right, but not generous portions. The bread for the table was a favorite.
We did not sample any, but if you would like to try Belgian beers, there is a very large selection here. Dinner for the three of us came to about $100. before tax and tip for the three main dishes and two sides and three cups of tea. I think the teas were $4.00 each.
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