Black Acre Brewing Co. 5632 East Washington Street
This is a brewery. A real honest to gosh brewery, nestled in the heart of Irvington. I have wanted to visit the joint for quite some time; but never seem to find the opportunity. Their menu is like a bunch of “hip ” menus. In my opinion restaurant folk are a lot like monkeys. They see or hear of something that is popular or sells they are all over it like white on rice. Currently the hip thing is flat bread sandwiches or Panini ; especially with Smoking Goose meats. Don’t get me wrong. Smoking Goose meats are exceptional. It’s just that after a while a Smoking’ Goose Panini becomes as ubiquitous as a breaded tenderloin.
The place is not that large and for a Sunday afternoon is was full. We found a deuce in the corner and set back to watch the fun. They had two servers on and they did an outstanding job taking care of crowd. The decor of the joint was; as you can expect: Hipster Chic.
We discovered that on Sundays all they offer is a Brunch Menu; which only offers one dish. It seems they have a bartender/ server that is also a student at a local Culinary Arts Academy. So they let him do “his thing” on Sundays. His thing this Sunday was Chicken and Waffles; for $8, and added fried plantains for 2 bucks.
As our server explained to me; the chicken was soaked in maple syrup. Coated with a seasoned corn flake breading and served with the waffles. The hook was the veggie syrup. The young man took onion, kale, and fine diced carrot and cooked them in maple syrup and used that for the syrup for the dish. It really worked. Of course I think more syrup would have worked better. But then I still wonder why no one ever uses a gastrique.
No matter. This is a great place to visit. Wonderful beer, and I think good food. And since the pint price for their beer is $5 I really think it is worth checking out.http://blackacrebrewing.com/home/