Updated menu appeals to all at Mumbles – Review of Mumbles

BY CAROLYN ONOFREY

Mumbles
179 3rd Avenue
Gramercy
212.477.6066/mumblesnyc.com

 

Duck quesadilla @ Mumbles

Duck quesadilla @ Mumbles

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.

 

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Shrimp burger w/ fries @ Mumbles

 

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.

 

Truffled mushroom pappardelle @ Mumbles

Truffled mushroom pappardelle @ Mumbles

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.

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