True Blue Tucker in New York City by SM King
snags, chicken, and prawns cooked to Aussie BBQ standards. A couple of second-thought salads round out the fare. It’s a fun afternoon, and one that Onya, the chubby resident Blue Heeler, looks forward to all week. 240 Mulberry St, New York 10012 Btwn Prince & Spring St Phone: 212-431-4635
THE CROSSROADS OF NEW YORK CITY’S EMERGING ‘LITTLE AUSTRALIA’.
EIGHT MILE CREEK’S SUNDAY BBQ IS FAIR DINKUM.
EIGHT MILE CREEK
A supreme flat white that has attracted a cult following and quality burgers named for our famed Bells, Bronte, and Bondi Beaches combine to make Ruby’s a fair dinkum Aussie café in New York’s hipper-than-thou Nolita. The closest to a real Aussie burger is the Whaleys, with premium ground beef, tomato, lettuce, beetroot, pineapple and a fried egg topped with tomato sauce. There are also pasta and panini offerings finished with a flair and served with a cool attitude that would rival any inner urban Australian hotspot. There’s even a sticky date pudding to soothe any twinge of homesickness. Seating is limited, and the place is popular. If you’re staying nearby, they do deliver.
Dishes like emu carpaccio with rocket and white truffle oil vinaigrette or kangaroo skewers with mountain-berry ketchup on the menu at Eight Mile Creek are introducing New Yorkers to some truly antipodean flavours that even Australians rarely see on a menu back home. Char-grilled Aussie tenderloin steak with cream of spinach, ‘proper’ chips and a Shiraz pepper jus borders on the side of an upscale counter meal. This is comfort food for the expats who increasingly call the neighbourhood around Mulberry and Spring Streets home. There’s an adequate Australian wine list, and Aussie beer is in plentiful supply. A James Boag’s Premium Lager in the middle of Manhattan is a rare treat. On Sunday afternoons during the warmer months, the back courtyard hosts a barbecue. A $5 donation is dispersed to local charities and entitles you to a feast of
Rising star chef Brad Farmerie was raised in Pittsburgh, trained in London and seduced by the flavours of the world. His is not, in the strictest terms, Australian fare. To choosy expats and local foodies, however, this is emerging as a culinary place to call home. The New York Times named Public a, “highrisk, high-reward dining proposition”. Daring fusion and a preference for Australasian ingredients make this chic eatery one of the most Aussie in the naked city. A blend of Middle Eastern with Asian flavours invokes the balancing act that graces some of Australia’s finest tables. Kangaroo makes an appearance, grilled and accompanied by a coriander falafel with tahini-lemon sauce & green pepper relish. Beautifully done is the chargrilled guinea hen with pickled peaches, ginger wokked baby broccoli, and a warm sweet
219 Mulberry St, New York 10012 Btwn Prince & Spring St Phone: 212-925-5755
medley of roast potato, pumpkin, shrimp and bacon. On the fast food menu is an Aussie burger with all the right bits and a steak sandwich like the local fish ‘n chip shop makes. The pick is the Cooper’s beer batter fish and chips. While The Sunburnt Cow is a strange mix of concepts, the same folk have recently opened the thematically focused Bondi Road. Located close by on the Lower East Side, it’s a dedicated Australian-style fish and chip shop, but with tables and chairs. A panoramic of Bondi beach covers the walls, immediately suggesting the focus on ‘fun’ has spilt over into this location too. There’s no dim sims or Chiko Rolls on the menu, but the fish ‘n chips are the real deal. All the fish on offer is from Australia and New Zealand. Flown in fresh twice a week, the Australian fish include Tasmanian ocean trout, Tasmanian salmon, barramundi, John Dory and crimson snapper. Believable pavlova and lamingtons round out the menu at both locations. PO BOXES AT PUBLIC.
potato and Thai basil salad. Dishes like grilled lamb tenderloin and merguez sausage with ancho spiced chickpeas and a radish queso fresco salad show Mod Oz sensibilities applied to a combination of Australian and local flavours. There’s an unmistakable equilibrium in the attention to atmosphere, service, and great food. Australian and NZ wines feature prominently on the wine list, with some above average vintages. A 1991 Penfold’s Bin 707 can be yours for $300. The restaurant has launched a wine service utilising the restaurant’s bank of post office boxes that line the entryway to the restaurant. Each month, subscribers are provided a unique vintage or specially imported bottle of wine with tasting notes and suggested dishes.
‘Slow Food’ dishes include grilled kangaroo sausages with caramelized onion and smashed potato and pan sautéed barramundi over a
Bondi Road 153 Rivington St, New York 10002 Btwn Suffolk & Clinton St
TUCK SHOP Hovering just above Houston in the East Village, Tuck Shop is more or less a take-away with seating for just a few. It’s overtly Australian in its C’mon Aussie! décor matched with a vegemite sandwich and meat pie menu. The chicken sandwich is touted as a Melbourne Cup special recipe, conjuring thoughts of something delicate and light, perhaps with a slice of cucumber. The actuality is an American monstrosity of several birds’ worth of meat and mayonnaise in bread as thick as a digital camera. It’s not very race-worthy, and a definite concession to the local market. The sausage roll seems to contain something akin to real meat, a clear misstep in any Aussie’s sane mind, the juices of which result in a soggy foreign pastry. On the plus side they have Grinder’s coffee from back home and a killer vanilla slice. There’s a second location housed in an internet café further uptown.
210 Elizabeth St, New York 10012 Btwn Prince & Spring St Phone: 212-343-7011
THE SUNBURNT COW & BONDI ROAD The Sunburnt Cow is a buzzing place that reflects its energetic Alphabet City location. The menu is divided into fast food, slow food, and fat food. It’s a bit gimmicky, and the dishes have cheesy theme-restaurant titles like ‘Sunburnt Bessie on a Stick’ that reek of a futurefranchise-near-you. It’s very Australian and unquestionably American. There’s a bar up the front with Australian beers and an extensive cocktail menu based on vodka, tequila, and Bacardi. The food is pretty good, but ill-matched with cocktails such as the Dirty F****** Mother, an unforgivable blend of Kahlua, Cointreau, tequila and milk.
The Sunburnt Cow 137 Avenue C, New York 10009 Btwn 8th & 9th St Phone: 212-529-0005
68 E 1st St, New York 10003 Btwn 1st & 2nd Ave Phone: 212-979-5200 250 W 49th St, New York 10019 Btwn Bway & 8th Ave Phone: 212-757-8481 TOP: SUNBURNT COW; MIDDLE: BONDI ROAD; BOTTOM: BURGER AND CHIPS AT BOTH LOCATIONS.