A Salt & Battery, the cleverly named fish and chips joint in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, has been on my list of places to try for several months. I first heard of their famous fish and chips like many other people, when they gained national exposure through beating Bobby Flay on his popular Food Network Show, “Throwdown“. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend many other Throwdown victors (such as the amazing waffle food truck Wafels & Dinges, the chocolate chocolate chip cookie perfection found at Levain Bakery, or the most unbelievable doughnuts at Doughnut Plant), and I had equally high expectations for these fish and chips.
When a friend of mine recently mentioned he went to A Salt & Battery and raved about how good the fish was, I knew it was time to try it for myself. Asheley and I decided to cross the pond (from Long Island to NYC, that is) to check out what A Salt & Battery is all about.
Fish and Chips… some would say the quintessential take away food of the United Kingdom. Flaky, moist fish enrobed in a batter that is fried to golden perfection, served alongside homemade tartar sauce and deliciously crispy English chips. A little sprinkle of salt and drizzle of malt vinegar… sounds to me like a great meal. Well, unfortunately at A Salt and Battery, that’s only half right:
I realize the above title is a pretty bold statement. But I also have not come across a better cookie in my almost 28 years on this planet. I was first introduced to Levain Bakery several years back, and now find my car driving there automatically almost every time Asheley and I drive into the city. Levain bakery offers a variety of rustic breads and other baked goods, but the only thing I have ever had there are the beloved cookies. And for good reason… they are the perfect.
I’ll be the first to admit it. I’m slightly obsessed with Bobby Flay. I love his shows on Food Network, and I get excited when I’m watching Iron Chef America and he’s the one chosen to battle. Having dined at all 4 of his restaurants numerous times (Bar Americain, Mesa Grill, Bobby Flay Steak, and Bobby’s Burger Palace), I can honestly say I thoroughly enjoy his food and the flavor profiles he creates. He has transformed the way I cook and eat. With that being said, I love when he loses on his t.v. show Throwdown. It is a constant reminder for me that there are SO many great chefs and cooks out there doing their thing day in and day out, without the recognition or fame that comes with being a celebrity chef. One of those underdogs who sent Bobby packing is Belgian native Thomas DeGeest and his Wafels and Dinges Food Truck.