With more than 150 American whiskeys, opulent smokey southern treats and a boisterous atmosphere, how can you go wrong? The Chelsea restaurant holds up to its namesake, Maysville, the Kentucky port town that is considered to be the birthplace of bourbon. As soon as you walk in the front door, you are transported to a bourbon-lover’s heaven, complete with bottle after bottle highlighted along the length of the bar. You can order a flight of bourbons or whiskeys, in case you can’t decide on just one, or try The Manhattan made with Old Overholt rye or Old Fashioned made with Old Crow bourbon. The two classic cocktails are among the best in NYC.
Once you can take your eyes away from the myriad bourbons and whiskeys on display, the buzz surrounding the room made up of laughter, chatter and the clink of glasses seals the deal that you’re in for a good time.
Maysville ins’t just about the bourbon, it also has stand out food, created by chef Kyle Knall, formerly of Gramercy Tavern. The only watch out: when the restaurant is really busy, the food may come out a little slow and a little cold. The friendly, attentive service makes up for any shortcomings though.
For starters, get the Chilled Moon Shoal Oysters with a glass of Talisker. The peppery finish of this 10 year old single malt scotch from the isles blends perfectly with clean flavor of the oysters. Not an oyster lover? Try the Smoked Whitefish Mousse. The presentation is gorgeous, with the smooth mousse packed in an old fashioned jar and topped with bright orange trout roe. Smear it all over the grilled bread and melt into the little briny pops that come with each bite.
For fish entrees, get the Slow Roasted Arctic Char. The perfectly cooked arctic char is smothered in a smoked oyster broth, which packs an explosion of flavor that will make you want to lick your bowl clean. For meat lovers, the Grilled & Braised Beef is a must have. The grilled beef medallions are a glistening medium rare and melt in your mouth, and you can taste the love that went into the braised beef. Combine it all with a little hint of sweetness from the smoked sweet potato and sour from the pickled turnips and you have the perfect plate.
If you have any room left for dessert, the Caramel Bourbon ice cream will bring the entire meal together in one bite.
17 W. 26th Street (Between Broadway and 6th Avenue)
New York, NY