Dine Out : Bluebird London

We didn't get to dine at Bluebird on our last trip to London so I was excited when I heard that an outpost would be opening up in New York at the Time Warner Center.  The swank brasserie which occupies an expansive, brightly lit space with views overlooking Columbus Circle and Central Park has a modern meets traditional decor that has a somewhat upscale, formal vibe without being staid. There was a live DJ spinning tunes adjacent to the spacious bar when we stopped by one weekend for brunch.

Like the original Bluebird in London, the menu features English style classics alongside a selection of Continental fare. We decided to stick with the classics and got an order of fish and chips and steak and chips. I also got a mocktail with coconut water, cucumber, mint and lime. Aptly named Refresh, it was quite lovely. This fish was haddock and it came with a side of crushed minted peas and tartar sauce. The hangar steak was served with watercress. Both dishes were accompanied by the restaurant's signature triple cooked chips (fries). The fish though quite heavily battered was well cooked and flaky but lacking a little in terms of flavor.  The steak was perfectly seasoned and cooked and really tender.  The chips were tasty and crispy. For some reason we were feeling decadent so ordered dessert which is rare for us. We tried their signature Bluebird dessert which is a hazelnut chocolate mousse served inside a fondant shell with raspberry sorbet on the side. It looked like a toy! The shell was a little hard to break. The mousse was creamy yet light and rich. It was also quite sweet so a few spoonfuls was more than enough for me.

Service was affable but exceedingly slow.  I think we were there for almost 2 hours by the time we were done. While the ambience and setting was nice, they really need to do much better on the efficiency of the service. The food was good enough but it was nothing spectacular enough to make me go out of my way to venture uptown.

Bluebird London
Time Warner Center
10 Columbus Circle
New York City
Bluebird London Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Jackie Harrison said...

First and foremost you find the best restaurants to try in NYC. This looks amazing and the food looks delicious love the presentation of the deserts thanks for information.

Emmylou said...

Aaaaiyaaaaah! Almost 2 hours! That is cray cray! Good to know the dishes are great though. I'm a big fan of fish and chips:D
Anyhoo, have a lovely weekend, Rowena! Stay warm:)

Sakuranko said...

Oh wow the food looks delicious darling
Like always amazing shots

Jenny said...

I was immediately drawn to the chic interior, but wow 2 hours is a long time! The dishes do look and sound good though, and hopefully they improve on the service because I do want to check this place out!

Jenny | Geeky Posh

ALLIE NYC said...

Oh so cool this opened here! I need to check it out if not for the decor alone. Two hours all in? Or waiting to get your food? All in is not too bad but if that was the wait that is a big long.

Allie of

Mica said...

It's a shame you weren't overly impressed as I was thinking that dessert alone would make it a great place to visit, even with the slow service, haha!

Hope that you are having a lovely weekend :) We have a kids birthday party today which will be fun. Noisy, but fun, haha!

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Amely Rose said...

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Pilar said...

You dine at some of the best restaurants Rowena! The food looks delicious! Have a great weekend!

iamperlita said...

That dessert looked like a children's toy! Lol, everything else looked good especially that refreshing mocktail! Enjoy your weekend! ♥
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Federica Di Nardo said...

What a cool place!

Federica Di Nardo

Dressed With Soul said...

Dear Rowena, thanks for your honest review. I agree that 2 hours for such a menu are much too long and I see service is obviously also in your country a topic ... The ambiente looks nice and the food good - but I trust you it is not that spectacular. Have a happy weekend!
xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

Kinga K. said...

Awesome dishes♥️

The Dainty Dolls House said...

Looks gorgeous. Shame the service was a bit slow, I end up starving waiting and then unable to finish my food once it does arrive. The dessert looks cool, though if it was too sweet, I would have only been able to eat half of it. Thanks for sharing this place. Have a great week x

Beauty Unearthly said...

Lovely post dear!

Ivana Split said...

The dessert does look like a toy. I've never heard of Bluebird restaurant, but it is nice you got the chance to eat there now that it is opened in London. Great review. The food and the atmosphere looks great, but it is a shame that the service is so slow. Who knows, maybe they will improve that in future.You always find interesting places to dine in NY.