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About Burke & Wills
Modern Australian bistro focusing on seasonal produce. Chef Rodrigo Nogueira creates a menu of modern Australian fare, with items including creative takes on authentic dishes like a Kangaroo Burger and Australian Lamb Rack. The restaurant also features an all Australian wine list, craft beer and artisanal cocktails.
New York, NY 10024
Australian, Mediterranean, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–12:00 am
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
1 train to 79th St.
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Burke & Wills Ratings and Reviews
We were celebrating my husbands birthday and were in a hurry to get to a show at nearby Beacon theatre. The staff were quick and friendly and treated us to a lovely cocktail and dessert to enhance our celebration. The food was delicious and we loved the collection of Australian wines and desserts. The pavlova was truly authentic and delicious. Will definitely return when visiting NYC again.
Exceeded all of our expectations! We heard about this restaurant on a wine podcast, where owner Tim Harris spoke about the restaurant's extensive Australian wine list. We found ourselves in New York City without dinner plans and snagged a last-minute reservation for 2 for an early dinner. The menu is small but OMG we were blown away by the flavor and balance and quality of the food! We were uncertain what wine would pair well with our varied courses and Tim came by to help us navigate the menu. I had the roasted scallops to start and my boyfriend had the butternut squash soup - Tim sent over a glass of riesling (normally not my go-to white) which paired PERFECTLY with the food (seriously made me reconsider my feelings about riesling). I had the duck breast with plum as a main and boyfriend had kangaroo burger (how could you not... it's an Australian restaurant...) which were both incredible and tasted amazing with the Mornington Penninsula Pinot Noir that Tim recommended. Just when we were thinking we'd explode from all the delicious food, Tim sent over two glasses of the Noble One dessert wine, a delicious way to finish our very Aussie dinner date. Tim and the staff were all incredibly friendly and created an atmosphere of 'a night out with friends' even though we were in a foreign city. The restaurant itself was cozy and intimate and my only regret is that we had to run off without heading up to the Manhattan Cricket Club (private club by the same owners) to enjoy a nightcap before leaving. I hope to dine at Burke & Wills again if I return to NYC and would definitely recommend to anyone I know who appreciates good food and wine! Thanks!
We were there the evening after Thanksgiving- very low key with not a full dining room. The space is very intimate and cozy. The "Australian" theme is more subtle than overwhelming, service was fun and attentive. They offered excellent "small plates," which is exactly what we were in the mood for after stuffing ourselves for Thanksgiving. Looked like a very popular bar scene, too.
My husband and I were seeing a show later on and decided to try Burke & Wills solely based on reviews and the fact that they serve kangaroo burgers. Long story, but we found ourselves suddenly wondering what that tasted like so the choice to have dinner there was easy. We got there a few minutes earlier than the restaurant opened for dinner so we sat at the bar to wait. Very interesting menu of cocktails, we opted for two non-alcoholic drinks which were quite good. The dining room is nicely sized with a cozy atmosphere; the room has a glass skylight ceiling and I'm sure it's quite something during daylight hours.
We both opted for the aforementioned burger and it was fantastic. Served with a somewhat spicy house made ketchup, arugula and onion slices on a hearty bun. The meat was juicy and tender. Over sized steak fries were on the side and were quite good too. Since we still had some time we decided to split dessert - a warm chocolate cake served with vanilla (?) ice cream and fresh berries. One small mistep was the cake arrived at under room temperature. It was sent back and the second one arrived perfectly warmed. This is kind of a standard dessert in many places but always enjoyable and their version was quite good.
Service by all staff was friendly, helpful and well informed about the food; prices were moderate. It was very quiet when we arrived since it was early but I'd imagine the bar area especially must get noisy as it's extremely narrow and small (we had some difficultly leaving due to this, hard to get around the growing crowd).
We'll visit again if in the neighborhood as we'd like to try other dishes on the menu.
As a group of homesick Australians living in NYC we’d all been looking forward to a great Aussie Sunday Supper and almost everything lived up to expectations. The meals were delicious, especially the lamb which was well worth the price and cooked to perfection! The wine list has a great selection of good Australian wines covering the full spectrum of styles and affordability, so there’s something for everyone. The service was very hit and miss, sadly this detracted from what would have been a good overall experience. The Australian meeter/greeter was awesome, very friendly and chatty. Our French waiter was surly, uninterested and at times almost rude...we left a 10% tip. Sadly the major drawcard for us also turned out to be the worst thing on the menu...the Pavlova! This is the quintessential Australian dessert and evokes deep fondness and feelings of pure joy just at the mention of its name. What we were served was an abysmal confection of flat, hard meringue smothered in cream and berries. It was an utter disappointment. After the brilliant lamb and superb wine we would have been happy to ignore the grumpy French waiter, but the travesty that was the Pavlova was just too much. I hope the Chef travels to Australia and experiences what a Pavlova is supposed to be, hell even a $10 supermarket-bought Pavlova would be a good place to start to get a sense of how incredibly far off the mark his/her interpretation actually is.
Loved it. Absolutely delicious and original, unique food. Great ambience. Happy people at the bar - it was lively but not loud at all. In the back, so comfortable, really pretty, subdued tones, easy to converse. No dress code per se but everyone dressed smart casual. Lovely waiter and manager, who came by. Don't go ravenous, though. Portions were on the small side. It was worth it. The arctic char small plate is a must.
Every time I take a friend, they are wowed! The outside is unassuming. Walking through the bar is like so many NYC bars. Then we walk into the dining room. The high geometrical glass atrium ceiling gives a wonderful spaciousness, particularly when the moon is out. The green leather banquette stretching along three sides of the room, and a little on the fourth, makes Burke & Willis one of the coziest, intimate clubby rooms in NYC.
Everything I have had here is good. Once I had to try the kangaroo burger (this is an Australian restaurant after all). Most recently we started with a dozen oysters. My dining partner prefers smaller oysters, so we ordered the Beausoleils from New Brunswick. They had a delightful briny taste. Burke & Willis provided a cucumber mignonette sauce that struck me as one of the best mignonettes I've ever had.
Every time I come here, I overindulge in the bread. My wife made me go out and search the Upper West Side the next morning to try to find something similar.
Both of us had the branzino. By this time, I was too involved in conversation, but when we stopped to focus on the fish, both of us commented that it was wonderful.
I tried to coax my wife to just see the secretive Manhattan Cricket Club, which has no signs outside and one accesses through a secret stairway inside Burke & Willis. If you have time for more clubbiness and cocktails before dinner, or just want to stop by for a quiet drink, it's a perfect spot!
Nice room, but the service was not attentive. We had to ask for champagne flutes for our champagne, had to ask for plates for our oysters, and the rack of lamb for $40 was 2 greasy cutlets with a smear of something that looks like Velveeta. Disappointing and hard to see anything Australian about it, especially the branzino which was fried to the texture of leather, and the dessert pavlova, which was topped with a blob of funky cheesey tasting cream. Heavy handed, unimaginative food bordering on unpleasant.
I brought my sister from Calli to one of my favorite upper West side spots. We were seated in a perfect corner booth. She at first commented on the lack of choice on the menu but I assured her that every morsel is expertly prepared and she would be satisfied. She started with heirloom tomatoes with a dollop of sorbet. We loved sharing a carafe of an Australian red wine. I started with 1/2 dozen of eastern shore oysters which were devine. I ordered the Australian lamb served medium rare with a lightly sautéed eggplant. The quiet beautifully decorated dinning room with skylight complimented our sisterly exchange as we laughed, shared deep secrets and reconnected. Thank you Burke & Willis.
An Off Beat Gem
Burke and Wills has a unique menu. Two of our party ordered the Kangaroo burger and said it was delicious. The rest of the food was also outstanding. We shared desserts. The drinks were generous and tbe service prople were attentive. They probided good recommendations.
We were given a nice corner table where we could observe the entire restaurant. It has a glass enclosure ceiling which gives pleasant normal light. The service was excellent and since it was Restaurant Week, we were still able to choose from the entire menu and even had a glass of wine at a reasonable price. We were here before and will come again.
The menu options for dinner were what sold me when choosing this restaurant from the list of participating Restaurant Week restaurants on the upper west side. The food was truly impeccable! I ordered the chilled corn soup to start and the roasted salmon and could not have been happier with my selections. The watermelon gazpacho paired with the salmon was phenomenal and I will certainly come back for that again. I will say that for dessert, I waited too long to eat my donuts, so they hardened a bit, but when they first come out, they are really tasty. The waitstaff member was attentive and offered suggestions about wine pairings and although my friend and I were not drinking, it was nice of him to share his knowledge. My only critique is that the first hostess was not one that I would have greeting guests. She did not seem to want to be bothered, perhaps it was not her day (tall, dark hair). The other hostess was better suited to greet guests and actually asked if I had a reservation, pulled it up, and seated my party, quite lovely (shorter, also dark hair). Overall, I loved the restaurant and will dine here again!
Passing Burke & Wills on the street you'd think it was a rowdy sports bar. But wend your way from the dark,noisy bar to the back room and it is an airy, elegant, white table cloth room with excellent food.
It is quite peaceful but I'd be very pleased if they enhanced that effect by NOT playing music in back.
On balance, I recommend it highly
I loved the look and feel of this restaurant. And I did enjoy the food. However the fact that we ate at the restaurant and then they said we had to wait an hour to go to their Cricket Club upstairs was ridiculous and rude. You would think they would give the patrons who just ate at their restaurant priority regardless of it being a members club. Very disappointing.
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