It’s unlike me to have an experience in a restaurant so positive with my 4 year old that I’ll write about it. Black Tap is the first. I actually made this visit as a party of six: three adults, a 9 month old, a 3 year old and a four year old and it was STILL a good experience. The only complaint is that the milkshakes took too long.
This cute little bistro specializes in craft burgers, burgers salads, extravagant milkshakes and a decent selection of beers. There are two locations, we visited the Meatpacking location.
We arrived around 1:45 on a Saturday. The restaurant was mostly empty so there was no wait. However when we left around 3:15 it was growing quite crowded. Based other reviews I’ve read it gets packed, late afternoon seems to be busier.
There is no separate kids menu, our kids shared what we ordered for ourselves mixed with a few things we brought from home for them. The bistro uses Pat LaFrieda beef, which is being reviewed as some of the best. There are several mouth watering burger options like The Spicy Mexican, The Texan and The Steak Au Poivre as well as the classic Old Fashioned. They also had a fun selection of burger salads, just a burger set on top of a salad. As delicious as they sounded I didn’t opt for this. I picked the California burger and it was awesome! This turkey burger was topped with truffle mayo and avocado, served on a perfect potato bun with fries on the side.
When we ordered the burgers our waitress suggested we order the milkshakes we were considering, as they take a while. We planned to place the order when the food came but we got distracted and forgot. By the time we got around to placing our order we had to wait at least 30 minutes for the shakes to be prepared. So, be sure to order them early! Our kids held it together for the wait and the restaurant wasn’t too packed so it wasn’t the nightmare it could have turned into with three little ones.
Once the milkshakes arrived the wait was forgotten. The milkshakes were gorgeous. We ordered the Cotton Candy and the Cookie Shake. The Cotton Candy glass was rimmed with frosting and covered in pink and blue pearl chocolates. It was topped with whipped cream, cotton candy, blue and pink rock candy lollipops and a classic swirl lollipop. The Cookie Shake was rimmed with frosting and covered in cookie crumbs. It was topped with whipped cream,cookies, chocolate chips and oozing chocolate syrup. These milkshakes were out of control. And at $15 a piece it seems we had at least that much in toppings. They also offer a variety of regular shakes at $7 each. Regardless of which one you choose, Black Tap takes ice cream to a whole new level, you’re guaranteed to enjoy it!
The shakes are truly something to behold and worth the visit alone. It was a dream come true for our three and four year old and a sweet topping to our day.
Black Tap Burger
529 Broome Street (Sullivan & Thompson Sts.)
New York, NY
248 W 14th Street (7th & 8th Aves)
New York, NY
- Visit the meatpacking location, it’s much larger and better with kids.
- Order milkshakes when you place your food order, they take a long time to prepare.
- One shake serves about 3 people.
- The restaurant has a bit of a greasy spoon feel with very ‘used’ menus and slightly sticky tables. It’s not fancy at all.
- Great music and super friendly wait staff.
- Go earlier in the day, gets packed late afternoon.
- Even if you go just for the milkshakes it’s worth a visit, it was a very fun afternoon.
- For DIY chocolate fun check out Voila Chocolat
- To read about a really fun make your own ice cream cafe click here CoolMess.