New York Restaurants: Big Daddy's
A restaurant review of Big Daddy's
Some restaurant are just places to eat, others are a theme park experience. Big Daddy's is definitely the latter. It's a brightly lit, neon color version of the old 50s-style diner without the little table top juke boxes. Big Daddy's is really made for small and big kids and the kid-at-heart. From 3-5pm, milkshakes are half off, which is why the tables of this new york restaurant are filled with pre and postpubescent age customers during that time. The colorful menu not only offers milkshakes with great names (try the Milky Way which is a chocolate shake with thick, creamy caramel or the Barbie which is vanilla ice cream with banana and strawberries), but there are stronger drinks for the post-post-post-post pubescent group to imbibe. Not only does Big Daddy's offer frozen drinks such as margaritas, daiquiris, and pina coladas, this diner offers cocktails such as spicy bloody marys and magic mimosas, ice cold beers, wine by the glass, and spiked milkshakes (try the Ralph Macchiato; a vanilla shake blended with rum, coffee liqueur, and bananas).
Like most New York diners, breakfast is served all day at Big Daddy's. You have a variety of egg and griddle delights from omelettes to pancakes (the Get Smart omelette is made from egg whites, sauteed spinach, caramelized onions, and sauteed mushrooms while the Hunka Burnin' Love Pancakes are pancakes with banana and chocolate chips in them) to choose from; I got the Two By Four which consists of three eggs (prepared any way you like), three strips of bacon, home fries and a thick slice of toast. My friend got the Easy Rider which is essentially a Two By Four with three fluffy pancakes. For breakfast, the meals are pretty pricey but you get a big plate. Really, it's enough for two and definitely more than enough for one.
This New York restaurant also has diner offerings but with a twist. The Dude Burger is a hamburger topped with blue cheese, thick bacon, caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms, lettuce, and tomatoes. The Thai Cobb salad uses diced teriyaki chicken, and includes sweet papaya, crispy wonton noodles and a spicy thai dressing. So you're beginning to get the picture, underneath the retro gloss is a New York restaurant that offers gourmet preparation of the simple diner fare -- and it's very tasty. There's also an effort to use the best ingredients--the restaurant claims to only use eggs from a free range farm, only pure maple syrup is used, and the hamburgers are made from a ground blend of porterhouse and angus chuck.
Ahhh, the desserts...
As for desserts, that seems to be the specialty at Big Daddy's. We already talked about the milkshakes, the restaurant has huge ice gream sundae creations and banana splits, crumb apple pie, molten lava cookie, mudd cake, ice cream floats -- all which will make your sweet tooth incredibly delirious. Make no mistake, the kids would love a place like this and if you're a family visiting New York, you can't find a more kid-friendly New York restaurant anywhere.
Big Daddy's has three locations: Upper East Side, Upper West Side and Grammercy Park
Big Daddy's Three New York City Locations
83rd Street is the cross street.
Cross street is 91st Street.
Between 19th and 20th Streets
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