Bistro 185 is Better Than Ever
I have had a lot of good times and good food in the beautiful blonde brick building at 991 E. 185th St. Starting with fish fries at Fritz's with my parents. Then later, watched some great bands there during the jazz-Uncle John's stage. Ruth and Marc Levine had a really successful run as Chef owners. I have to tell you, I think this current version is my favorite.
Chef Ryan Kaston purchased the Bistro in September of 2016. There were a few bumps in the road. There were some personnel changes. Everything has been straightened out and Bistro 185 is now putting out some gorgeous, inventive, and delicious food. The service is back to excellent.
Focusing on fresh seafood and local ingredients the menu is very accessible. Old favorites have stayed on the menu, some with a new twist. On our most recent visit we had two of the specials. I had the Canary Rockfish served on a bed of white onion risotto with fresh tomato and herb consommé. My partner had the 7 ounce certified Angus beef filet served with fingerling potatoes, seared asparagus, fried onion, and tomato garlic confit. Both were scrumptious.
Not only the entrees are amazing. The unique happy hour food and appetizers, including super fresh mussels are delicious. To complete your meal, be sure to finish with a not-to be missed dessert, hand crafted with love by Miss Vicki. Start to finish the meal is perfection .
There have been changes to the staff. Miss Amy Pheneger who you may remember from the Grovewood, has been added to the bar. An old veteran has returned and some excellent new hirs have been made. These additions added to your all-time favorites on the wait staff, have returned the service at the Bistro to 5 stars.
If you are a regular like me, then keep coming back. If you used to love this place, but happened to come during one of those small bumps in the road, come on back. You'll be happy you did.