I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I got beyond obsessed with an advanced copy of a young adult book called Blythewood I picked up in class. I started it after I finished Domestic Violets on the subway, and the kid fantasy/supernatural lover in me came out. In a big way. I started to get really excited about my commute, when I would open it from the back cover so no one would see what I was reading. Then, about 300 pages in, I just started owning my obsession. I read it at a bar in Central Park. I read it at home in bed, when I should have been working on job applications. And I read it at a quaint little Belgian place called BXL Zoute on my way home on Saturday.
I stopped in when I realized I hadn’t eaten anything all day and it was 5 p.m. (I enthusiastically destroyed a mini-pizza and kitkat at around 4am the night before.) Aside from a group of friends enjoying some beers out on the small patio, it was just me, another lonely dude, and the servers inside.
Let me get something out of the way right quick. As much as I don’t mind hitting up a bar by myself, I don’t have the same enthusiasm for eating by myself. But armed with an embarrassing book about a boarding school where they teach girls to fight supernatural creatures? I camped out. Just me, a charcuterie and cheese plate, and a last minute order of frites, which you can’t judge me for, since I hadn’t eaten all day, OKAY?
The taps are all belgian, the house terrine in the charcuterie plate was top notch, I ate the frites with mayonnaise like my ass didn’t have a care in the world, and the server seemed totally okay with me leaving that same ass planted on a bar stool well after my meal and beer were gone. If I had friends, BXL Zoute would be a sweet place to kick it on the patio, sipping a Duvel, Delerium Tremens, or Leffe. Since I’m a weirdo who reads books aged for girls age 12+, it’s nice to know there’s a place where I can get score good Belgian eats, unobtrusive service, and an impressive lineup of European drafts. Dank u wel, BXL Zoute.
50 W. 22nd St., bxlcafe.pregraphic.com/bxlzoute/