Last week I ate lunch at Michael Jordan's Steakhouse in Grand Central Terminal. When I walked in through the bar I noticed the seriously delicious sounding bar menu—so delicious that I tried to order a couple of items off it when I was in the restaurant's main dining room. No can do, I was told; it's only available after 3 p.m. So Robyn Lee, Grace Kang, Kathy Chan, and I ended up hitting the bar last Friday afternoon as the clock struck three—just for the food, of course.
Thick-cut french fries fried in goose fat ($7), always a capital idea, were almost swamped by too much Gorgonzola cheese sauce. Ask for it on the side.
Ipswich clams were deftly fried and were a great bargain at $6. These crunchy bi-valves are reason enough to miss your train.
The grilled cheese and roasted bacon and tomato panini ($7.50) was nothing special, but the thick slices of roasted bacon definitely helped.
MJ's bar burger special ($9.95) was nicely charred, came medium rare as ordered, and was just the right size for me. It came with fine house-cured pickles, but not fries.
The barbecue spare rib slider ($4.25) sounded better than it tasted—like a not very special sloppy joe.
The garlic bread ($9) came disguised as focaccia Lincoln Logs, only these Lincoln Logs tasted really good. The Gorgonzola fondue was not a fondue at all, just a solid, tangy cheesy sauce.
So don't kill yourself trying to make that 3:05 train from Grand Central. Hit the bar at Michael Jordan's instead—just for the food, of course. Order carefully and you'll score just like Mike.
Michael Jordan's Steakhouse
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