From the same owner of B&B Burgers & Brewskies, Beefy’s New York Grill, which opened recently at Solenad 3 Nuvali, is simply a cool spot throwing down some seriously delicious food. We had our lunch here last Sunday together with Chef Marc Nocon (part-owner) and my KTG friends. 🙂 The main attractions, at least for me, are the burgers. Beefy’s burgers are made with handcrafted quarter pound US angus beef patties grilled to medium. These work surprisingly well with the rest of the menu: salads, fries, chicken wings, dawgs, madwiches, and yes, even rice meals! Selecting food favorites at Beefy’s is like picking favorite children. It’s not an easy decision because you love them all. 😛
Review of Beefy’s New York Grill (Solenad 3, Nuvali, Santa Rosa)
Beef’ys New York Grill not only has colorful food on the menu. Its design looks literally colorful as well both from the outside and inside. With abundant of natural lighting from the tall windows, the space gives diners a welcoming and inviting feel. As one would expect from a burger joint, overall ambiance is decidedly casual with a smattering of tables for groups. The walls are featured with New York-inspired drawings that are very Instagrammable. I guess these can pass as stylish backdrops for your next OOTD.
Order at the counter and wait for food to be served at your table. There were people manning the counter and there are staff also walking around to attend to requests. Service was prompt and friendly.
Lunch started with Mrs. Tso Salad (PhP 160), which was made with a mix of fresh chopped romaine, Tso chicken, sweet peppers and onions, and sriracha dressing. Salads are not exactly my most favorite go-to meal option, but we just had to try this for variety. 😛 I’m glad it wasn’t disappointing at all! Mrs. Tso Salad’s chicken had the ideal contrast, thanks to the crisp crust and juicy meat.
Chimichurri Fries (PhP 220) packed a great combo of yummy braised pork belly, chimichurri, sour cream, and salsa. The onions and sauce added some extra tang and sweetness, too. Best fries in Solenad 3? I can believe it.
East Village Bacon Tempura (PhP 180) came out hearty to the bite. Lightly battered, the tempura bacon could be sinful for your diet, but it’s so good and even better when dipped into the sriracha honey vinegar for a spicy kick. The sweetness of the honey and the tanginess of the vinegar balanced each other out.
Spam Chips (PhP 180) were presented as another pile of pleasure. Well, who doesn’t love spam? Paired with honey and black pepper mustard, these spam chips were almost tempting to be eaten with rice. You can’t go wrong. It’s really satisfying.
That Chili Con Nachos (PhP 200) wasn’t shy on ingredients. It brought massive amount of flavor with a generous helping of chili con carne, egg, cheddar, mozzarella cheese, sour cream, and salsa. This dish had an aromatic spice and texture that’s far from trashy.
When you want a departure from basic buffalo sauce for chicken wings, get General Tso (PhP 380 for 12, PhP 220 for 6). Topped with soy ginger chili glaze, taste was sweet, salty, tangy, and bright, fitting right into my definition of delicious. It’s a home run and a must-order at Beefy’s.
Aladeen (PhP 380 for 12, PhP 220 for 6) wings were cooked with an earthy, savory, and wonderfully spiced coating plus a perfectly placed herby accent. Coriander garlic cilantro cream as an ideal accompaniment rounded out the taste of cumin in the chicken.
A huge upgrade to the usual hotdog in a bun, The Franchise (PhP 200 for a la carte, PhP 225 with fries) consisted of gotham mac, bacon crumble, and charred coleslaw, making it truly a feast in your mouth. The luscious and creamy macaroni and cheese in this dawg was fun and unconventional.
Cooked with crushed corn flakes and brushed with General Tso sauce, Tso Fried Chicken (PhP 240 for a la carte, PhP 265 with fries) arrived pretty on the table. It ended up with extra-crunchy crust and the meat was still plenty juicy. Charred coleslaw and lettuce gave a raw crunch. Loved it! 🙂
Beefy’s burger patties are moist, supple, and wonderfully savory, beautifully complemented with different ingredients that bring such great flavors. Beefy’s Tribeca (PhP 325 for a la carte, PhP 350 with fries) was spot on. It consisted of a triple patty, triple emmenthal cheese, bacon jam, onions and peppers, supah sauce, lettuce, and tomatoes. No doubt, it was superbly executed.
With deep beefy flavor, The Empire (PhP 260 for a la carte, PhP 285 with fries) was composed of fried egg, emmenthal cheese, bacon, fried red onion strings, supah sauce, and arugula. Bacon, egg, and beef patty all in one bun sounded like heaven. I also enjoyed the countervailing flavors of the arugula and the inherent flavor of onion. Getting fries on the side is recommended, especially if you’re looking into adding a salty tinge to the dish.
Can’t finish the Tribeca but think that The Empire is too “thin” for your appetite? Order the Notorious (PhP 260 for a la carte, PhP 285 with fries)! This double-patty burger largely met the mark, an old school prep with your classic interplay of cheddar and emmenthal cheese, onions and peppers, and supah sauce. It’s not too big that you’ll immediately need a nap after eating it. Apart from the duet of cheese (that I liked very much), the onions were also spot on. Again, Beefy’s delivered in spades. 🙂
The crispiness of the corn flake-crusted boneless chicken in Beefy’s Chicken Fried Steak (PhP 200) was a complete standout. The chicken came out tender. Combined with mash charred coleslaw and gravy and eaten with rice, this dish was eminently balanced.
The Tapa (PhP 240) was served with marinated and grilled US beef shortplate, 2 eggs, rice and tapa sauce. Taste and texture of the “beef bacon” were impressive. This dish is worth a trip to check out on its own merit. 😉 I’d be happy to have this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s that awesome! The good news? You can opt to order extra gravy for only PhP 25. 😛
Time for dessert libation! We were very full at this point, but for desserts, we had to say yes. 🙂 The Wiffle Waffle (PhP 160) was a tantalizing take on your childhood waffles. Topped with ice cream and cayenne caramel, these Belgian waffles were crispy and golden. I liked that the syrup and ice cream were not too sweet but delectable enough to revel in.
The dense and creamy Bananacotta (PhP 120) was a real treat, a nice ending to a heavy meal. Made with banana custard, sliced bananas, lady fingers, and chocolate ganache, the banana panna cotta turned out as light, refreshing, and smooth as it should be. Last but not least, the golden-toasted S’mores (PhP 120) were simple, gooey and good.
Price for Value:
Beefy’s New York Grill brings in a hip crowd for its NY fare. It can be the next certified hot spot for comfort food, and sweet treats. Their “food coma”-inducing burgers are your best bet and the good news is that these babies won’t stretch your budget. Reasonable prices make it equally a comfortable venue for lunch meetings and fun dates. Too bad it’s far away from home. In any case you’re visiting Solenad in Nuvali, know that this restaurant is waiting. 🙂