Tipsy Parson, Chelsea NYC

The Tipsy ParsonKey Stats

  • Address: 156 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011
  • Phone: +1 (212) 620-4545
  • Prices: $35-$75 per person
  • Hours: Monday 11:30 am – 11:00 pm Weekdays; 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM Weekends
  • Zagat: 22 (21/19)

I love this place. Ever since I stumbled upon it a couple years ago while staying at the former Desmond Tutu Centre, I’ve tried to ensure a visit each time I’m in New York. Whether for breakfast at the weekend, a cocktail after work, or a full-on dinner, I’ve never been disappointed.

Tonight I popped in because on my flight over from London (BA0115) this afternoon I’d thought to myself, “I’d like a Manhattan before bed” and I remembered the stunning selection of amber liquors at the Parson. While primarily a restaurant, it has a very good bar with an impressive selection of small batch brown booze, if that’s your thing.

Tipsy Parson BarAfter the walk form 26th and 6th Ave. to the restaurant on 9th Ave. between 20th and 21st, I decided to eat there, too. I’d had a ‘steak’ on the plane but was still hungry.

Tonight I went for a nice little trio: something off their ‘bar bites’ menu, a main dish, and a side. Of course I also had a Manhattan (perfect, on the rocks, made with Four Roses bourbon).

To eat I went for the Deviled Eggs, which were delicious. They’ve mixed a tiny bit of tarragon into the yolks and it makes them taste less like the 1970s throwback I think of them as and more like something delicious you want to stick in your face. I wolfed them down.

For my main dish I chose the chicken with cauliflower and romanesco. I couldn’t remember what romanesco was actually called so I just googled ‘perfect fractal vegetable’ and found it on my first result. In case you don’t know what it is, it’s this:

RomanescoI’d actually never eaten it before. It was very tasty. Lightly charred and quite smoky and woody in flavour. The chicken itself was a nice, fresh, organic breast, drumstick, and thigh. Crispy skin with a bit of a BBQ/sweet sauce. Not enough to be off-putting, but definitely a sweet sauce.

Finally the side order of baby brussels sprouts was delicious. Like a dessert. They were caramelized and coated in an incredibly sweet but very delicate brown sauce. They were incredible.

I arrived, without a reservation, at 7:30 PM on a Monday night and sat at the bar. However, most every other seat in the house was full and the back room was set up for what looked to be a big party.

Tipsy ParsonIf you’re ever over in that part of Manhattan and want some good, home-style (if you’re from a home filled with locally sourced organic produce and meat and which features a very adept chef) cooking, definitely try out the Parson. If nothing else, get a bourbon on the rocks made with a bourbon form some guy’s private still in Green Point.