Upon dining for my first visit since it became The Grille, under the ownership of Mike and Paul, the interior hadn't been changed much except that the two outer rooms had been swapped. What once had pool tables is now the main dining room, which was a welcome change since the restrooms are mere feet away.
The menu has been completely re-tooled, which was great news to me; under the two previous owners, the kitchen cooked with soy oil which always had me running to the bathroom within an hour of eating. It was so bad that I stopped eating here. Now, The Grille has won me back, in a BIG way.
One of my little "rules" is to start with a burger when I'm new to a restaurant (unless it's Italian, then I start with the pizza). If a place can make a good burger, I'm hooked. The Grille had me coming back to try more menu options in no time flat.
Paul's burger is only $6.50, which is a better price than most restaurants anywhere. Thick and juicy, with a great meaty flavor that really satisfies. The french fries are cut in-house, something nearly unheard of anymore, and served with a bit of skin still on them with a terrific flavor.
Also great from the menu: the Club sandwich, which includes all the normal "club" items you'd expect, especially very crisp bacon and perfectly grown tomatoes.
Probably the biggest surprise is their seafood choices. Dining with my family, mom tried the flounder. At $13.95, the price is just right, but one taste had us all raving over it.
I'm not normally a fish person, because too often it's just way too "fishy" in taste and smell. Not at The Grille: the flounder was amazing, not soggy like many places, with perfect flavor and no fishiness. I'm sold.
I can also say the same for the shrimp, also $13.95. Large and delicious, not overly breaded either. My wife tried the crabcake and found it to be an inch thick, with hardly any breading at all, pure crap lump.
Side choices are numerous: fries, green beans, lima beans, cole slaw, fried potato chips, are just a few of the many to choose from. If you like country selections of vegetables, you'll be very happy at The Grille.
The menu is being tweaked and the new offerings should debut soon, according to co-owner Mike Watkins. They have a facebook presence and are working on a website. The menu is available on facebook for those who'd like to peruse.
Lunch at The Grille is unlimited for just $7.95 at the buffet. On three different daily visits to the buffet, I found the chicken nicely done, the green beans were melt-in-your-mouth good, the bar-b-que was elegant (two sauces to choose from, one tomato-based and one vinegar-based, still can't pick a favorite), and fish was even available during one visit.
Simply put: whatever misgivings you might have had about 201 Battery Park Road, put them aside. The Grille is the finest restaurant to every occupy this location, and I have yet to find any offerings I didn't like.
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