Gramercy Food and Drinks: BXL Zoute

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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.

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Photo from BXL Facebook page

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?

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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/

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  1. […] like he’s 15, that this is what the kids are listening to these days, but since I’m apparently a teenage girl, I’m okay with […]

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