Get a Taste of the 1970s at The Brass Monkey

Fulton Market’s newest hot spot is filled with stylish nostalgia
Staff Writer

The Brass Monkey

The Brass Monkey’s Spanish calamari.

It’s time to bring a little 1970s chic back into your life. If you're thinking Saturday Night Fever, however, banish that thought. The Brass Monkey, the newest establishment in the booming Fulton Market district, keeps it sleek and snazzy.

Walking into the large dining room and bar, vintage furniture and geometric patterns immediately transport you back to the decade. Warm gold tones dominate the decor as the high banquettes transport you to a groovier time.

The menu isn't shy about its 1970s inspiration either. Throwback cocktails are fun and flavorful: their Harvey Wallbanger includes a chocolaty twist, and the tart and delicious Tang cocktail actually incorporates the powdered beverage on the rim.

The food is divided into two menus, and the "Hits of the 70s" menu offers playful dishes that bring back plenty of memories, but are elevated into a restaurant-worthy dish.

Sloppy Joe sliders have that distinct flavor that brings instant nostalgia, but the ground lamb adds a flavor that makes it feel new again. The pork chop and applesauce go from regular kitchen fare to crave-worthy dish, well-seasoned and perfectly cooked. Other cheeky dishes include a cheeseball and a Salisbury steak “T.V. dinner.”

The other half of the menu offers more of what you'd expect of upscale American fare, but it is handled with no less care. The foie gras trio is an incredible way to start; each bite is so balanced and flavorful that it’s difficult to pick a favorite of the three. Squid ink linguini is not too overwhelming as an entrée and has plenty of seafood to wrap up in the pasta. Spanish calamari with boar sausage and seared duck breast are also great choices.

Be sure to save room for dessert – tasty riffs on pineapple upside down cake, cream puffs, and s’mores will definitely leave you satisfied.

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