Mr. Donahue’s, New York City, 5/20/17

building
building

Mr. Donahue’s is a tiny place with a couple 2-top tables and 9 barstools for various counters.  There are some outside tables if weather permits.  A retro look is accomplished with the tile floor,  marble top tables, round stools and the interesting decorations all over, including signs with pictures of the food.  The one server was very helpful and nicely opinionated about what to get.  Vegetables are all fresh and desserts made in house.  Drink options are limited but adequate.   They offer a small menu of a main plate with 2 sides and a sauce for $19.99 or a couple sandwiches.  There is roast beef after 5:00 pm.   This is the second restaurant by the owners with the first being a Michelin starred Thai restaurant.  This is just good old American food.  

entrance
entrance
interior
interior
interior
interior
interior
interior
Frankie found a plant
Frankie found a plant
kitchen
kitchen
interesting decorations
interesting decorations
Frankie liked the stamped napkins
Frankie liked the stamped napkins
menu
menu
drink menu
drink and dessert menu
table set up
table set up
Frankie and the table flowers
Frankie and the table flowers

 

We started by splitting a Crab Imperial which was warm, slightly spicy and full of crab claw meat.  It is served in a retro crab shaped container.  It was quite good and I liked it as an appetizer rather than a side dish for an entree.

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Crab Imperial: Warm spicy crab salad with Saltine crackers
Frankie looked at the foil crab
Frankie looked at the foil crab

 

For the Dry Aged Meatloaf we ordered the Momma’s BBQ sauce and sides of Duchess potatoes and Rainbow Chard.  The meatloaf was not too bready, very moist and well seasoned.  It went well with the BBQ sauce as some was already on the exterior but it also went well with the Cowboy butter.  The potatoes were creamy and smooth.  The chard was perfectly cooked and served with garlic – really nice.   It was a tasty plate.

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Dry Aged Meatloaf with Duchess potato with spring onion and Rainbow Chard with olive oil, garlic and lemon breadcrumbs. Momma’s BBQ sauce.
the potato came in a foil container also
the potato came in a foil container also
Frankie tried out the stools
Frankie tried out the stools
picture signs of their food
picture signs of their food

 

The Chicken Fried Pork Cheeks were lightly breaded and totally tender.  The plate was with Cowboy Butter sauce and sides of Crispy Onions and English Peas.  The cheeks also were tasty with the BBQ sauce.  The very fresh and sweet peas were topped with a burrata like cheese and sitting in a light vinaigrette. The fried onions were a star, crisp and filled with slightly thick pieces of sweet onions.  They were incredible alone or with the nice ranch dressing.  Yum here.

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Chicken Fried Pork Cheeks with cowboy butter and English peas with stracciatella, basil and lemon vinaigrette and Crispy onions with ranch dressing
sauce for onions
ranch dressing
Frankie had grew up with divided plates
Frankie remembered divided plates
Frankie checked out the table menu
Frankie checked out the table menu

 

For dessert their banana-rum pudding was creamy with soaked wafers on the bottom and toasted wafer crumbs on the top.  It was adorned with lots of whipped cream, caramelized banana slices and a cherry.  Another YUM here!

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banana pudding
Frankie thought we should have drunk this wine
Frankie thought we should have drunk this wine

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