It has been awhile since we’ve been to The District Tap, and it’s right near my house so I am not sure why. But hubby and I came home from a trip the other day and just wanted a burger or something simple, and headed over there. And then I took my daughter and friend there one night for dinner as well. So this is a combo of a couple of visits.
I have mentioned it before, but my kids love pretzels, and we got their pretzel flight ($13) on the visit with the kids. I really love the fact that they serve their large braided pretzels with three kinds of beer cheese—there’s a stout, and IPA and a Scotch ale version. It’s fun to try all the different ones, and I greatly appreciate the fact that it’s not neon nacho cheese. My favorite was the Scotch ale version and my least favorite was the stout, but it was fun to try them all. The pretzels are tasty and really big (and it comes with two)—one is easy to split between two people. I like them—they are better than most.
On both visits I had a burger—the District burger ($11). It’s their basic burger with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle. I also ask for a side of their garlic mayo to put on there, which adds a nice additional creamy touch. They have a bunch of sides to choose from, but I tend to choose the tater tots because I have a little weakness for them, and they cook them just right. Nice and crunchy. I was good on one visit and got a side salad—it’s a nice salad with nice fresh mixed greens and homemade dressing (I got blue cheese). The burger is a very good burger—the beef is a custom grind of brisket, chuck, and short rib and they serve it on a brioche bun. It’s a really tasty burger that feels pretty high end. Since Recess and Barking Dog closed, I am always on the hunt for my next favorite burger. I can’t say it’s my absolute favorite, but it is a very good option. And I have had it twice in the last month or two, so obviously I liked it. My son also had one and liked it as well.
Hubby got the tenderloin sandwich ($12) and they serve it just the right way with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickle and mayo and also on the nice brioche bun. It’s a solid tenderloin for sure, but we both preferred the burger. It was just more interesting. They do their tenderloin on the thicker side, and not one of those super big, super skinny plate fillers. It was decently tender, but again, not as tender as that burger.
My daughter had the chicken Madeira ($16), which she seemed to enjoy. It’s enormous—a whole breast, so two giant halves—covered with cheese and mushroom/Madeira sauce and served with mashed potatoes. She only ate about half of it, but thought it was good.
All in all, The District Tap is a good place to keep in rotation for me for a burger or something along those lines. That is, if you can get over the sensory overload that sort of dominates the place with the multitude of TVs that are everywhere, including at the table. Service is good though and the food is solid. And it’s literally five minutes from my house, so I need to remember it more.
The District Tap
3720 East 82nd Street