A Night at The Uptown Garrison
Coffee-shop by day and restaurant by night. The Uptown Garrison is one of Washington Heights newest addition to the restaurant scene. The Garrison has been open since November of 2017, and is already a hit with the neighborhood. This beautiful establishment is decorated with wooden ceilings, eclectic light fixtures, and an intricate tiled floors.
The Garrison opens everyday at 7am and offers a daytime menu that includes soups, sandwiches, coffee, and FREE WIFI! I can see this quickly becoming a go to spot for freelancers, students, and others during the day. Dinner and cocktail service starts at 5pm and their menu includes their signature Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Brick Oven Pizza, and Wood Fired Squash.
Any time I visit a restaurant I typically try their signature cocktails and take the server's suggestion based upon my liquor preference. My server had recommended the vodka based Ginger Mint Lemonade if I prefer white liquor. The cocktail was so smooth and refreshing that it didn't last long because it was so delish! The pricing for their cocktails are reasonable, and the particular one I ordered was only $10. $10 specialty cocktails drinks do exist in Manhattan!!!! My second choice was the gin based cocktail called The Business, but overall the Ginger Mint Lemonade was my favorite.
For dinner my husband and I started with the fried potatoes which were seasoned perfectly and came with aioli. The aioli was so good and I would literally love to dip everything in it. We decided to just split a pizza as well since we were not very hungry. We opted for the Italian Sausage pizza inwhich they used house-made Italian sausage. Also, my husband is somewhat of a picky eater, and likes to stick to the basics. The pizza was the perfect size for sharing between two people. The Garrison has 12 different types of Brick Oven Pizzas to select from, and includes some vegetarian options as well.
While I was there the server forced me to order dessert. #ThingsDomNeverSays. The server mentioned on their dessert menu they had bread pudding, beignets, and then whatever else she said after that did not matter. I heard beignets and I was all about it. This pillowy decadent dessert left my husband and I almost battling to the death for the last one.
Overall I am truly glad I made the trek to The Heights for this amazing establishment. The servers were attentive, personable, and had great recommendations. This is a great place to grab a cocktail or a cup joe, have an intimate dinner, or even bring the kiddos. It is also located give or take a block from the 181st stop on the A train. Have you been to The Garrison or have a favorite restaurant in The Heights? Leave a comment below and remember sharing is caring.