E&E Grill House Serves an Impressive But Pricey BLT
When we first noticed that a restaurant called E&E Grill House was taking shape on 49th St between 8th Ave and Broadway, we took a snarky jab at their self endorsement as a, “genuine, approachable, neighborhood grill house for everyone”. However we’ve had a change of heart about this place if a recent lunch featuring a candied BLT sandwich and house made potato chips is any indication of things to come.
It almost didn’t happen. First the price – the only lunch item priced at $10 is the ‘Veggie Joe’, while the rest of the lunch menu runs in the low to mid teens. Second, the location – perhaps the only reason to ever find yourself on that stretch of 49th St is if you’re the lucky ticket holder to The Book of Mormon.
But if you’re willing to bend the Midtown Lunch $10 rule a bit, I’ll happily endorse the $11 candied BLT sandwich, which may be as good as any BLT I’ve ever tried. In short, it’s everything you’d want in a BLT – thick cut and luscious bacon which is brushed with a sweet glaze to balance out the saltiness, ripe tomatoes, crisp lettuce and a bit of mayonnaise to round everything out. Not only is it an outstanding balance of sweet and salty, but the crunch of the 9 grain toast and lettuce makes the texture pop.
The sandwiches at E&E Grill House also come with a generous pile of house made chips, which like the BLT, are everything you’d want in a potato chip. Addictively crispy, light, evenly salted, but not overly oily or greasy, they’re an ideal compliment to any sandwich.
If E&E Grill House can show this level of respect to a simple BLT and chips, I’m looking forward to trying the other fare in the future. Despite our initial suspicion, I’ll happily eat my previous words… and certainly eat another one of those BLTs.
E & E Grill House, 233 W. 49th Street (btw B’way+8th), 212-505-9909