Okay, as mentioned in my recent review of the latest and greatest Hard Rock burgers, there are more to try. But my eyes and stomach also went straight for their legendary giant plate of nachos which is enough for about six! The manager told me it was in their Top Five items and I could see why–they are gorgeous and extravagantly made nachos. They feature both white and black beans, sour cream, freshly cut scallions, refried beans, sour cream and more than a half pound of fresh mild cheddar. You can add chicken or beef but I like them in their vegetarian state. They could be the best (and biggest plate) of nachos in NYC!
I was really there to check out the newest burger and beer pairing (and the one the HR staff is most proud of)! The Goose Island Tropical Bacon Burger is handcrafted with a half-pound Certified Angus Beef patty, brushed with Goose Island IPA glaze and topped with chili spiced bacon, grilled pineapple, mango salsa, chipotle puree, arugula and Cheddar –and served with Goose Island IPA, naturally! The Good Island IPA has a slightly fruity taste and seems to fall plum in the middle of light and dark ale. The ale and burger compliment each other beautifully, and I must say that the Hard Rock always delivers your burger done EXACTLY as you want it. My dining partner Gail and I got ours exactly MEDIUM! The spicy bacon mixed with the mango salsa put this burger’s flavor over the top with me. I think I could eat one of these things everyday!
The Cowboy Steak is a 1 1/2-lb. ribeye with the bone on! It was The tender and flavorful and I was not ashamed to pick up the bone in front of everyone in the whole restaurant! They say the sweetest meat is closest to the bone and I firmly believe that! The steak was served with a merlot butter and wonderfully tender green beans and mashed potatoes with little pieces of skin left in (again, just how I like them)! This is the ideal platter for two people to share–or one person with a “cowboy appetite”!
The Apple Cobbler is made fresh in the Hard Rock Kitchen everyday, and not only is the portion large but it is served with homemade vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. This is comfort food at its finest. It was served warm (bordering on hot) and I definitely will be back to have this again. It’s a “grandma” dessert that R-O-C-K-S!