BY CAROLYN ONOFREY
Mumbles, a New York City stalwart since 1974 has recently revamped its dated menu with a wider selection of sharing plates including a roasted duck quesadilla ($12), fish tacos ($13) and even an ambitious quinoa risotto with scallops ($13). The addition of an expanded craft brews list, also a way to get more new feet in the door.
Mumbles early bird special caters to their loyal patrons who have been joining them for dinner since the very beginning – from 5 – 6:30 every night enjoy 10% off your bill. Mumbles also offers a nightly special every weeknight ranging from a Tuesday night burger and pint special for $15 to a Sunday night 3 course pasta special for only $18.
On my most recent visit to Mumbles, a duck quesadilla ($12), shrimp burger ($15 with my can of Bronx Pale Ale on a Tuesday night), and truffled mushroom pappardelle ($17) were what was on the menu. Each came with a hearty portion, especially the duck quesadillas where pulled duck, caramelized onion, and swiss chard were stuffed in between a gluten free tortilla. The cilantro sour cream sauce alongside was lacking for the richness of the quesadilla but wasn’t really missed in the end.
Crispy shoestring fries accented the shrimp burger, an interesting take on an otherwise pretty standard staple, the beef burger, which would have been helped, again, by a more rowdy sauce.
It would have also aided in keeping the odd texture of, not just this one, but any shrimp burger out of mind.
Stand out, was the truffled mushroom pasta – a rich truffle cream sauce coating the ribbons of pasta topped with sautéed wild mushrooms, surprisingly tasty for a place with an otherwise pub-like feel.
I applaud Mumbles for trying something new – a way to get the younger set of locals involved. Mumbles’ new craft beer selections were a good start – but I would have liked to see more of them on tap, rather than bottled and canned. Next time I’ll also stick with the tried and true – a classic burger and fries or one of their pasta selections wins every time.