Thursday, August 4, 2016


Who is Betsy?  Well, it is actually the new intimate, open-air rooftop serving American fare and a cocktail program focused on all things gin atop Belga Cafe on Barracks Row. Brought to you Chef Bart Vandaele and team, Betsy is a hidden gem that serves brunch, dinner and happy hour in a lovely summer patio setting. Inspired by the chickens in Chef Bart Vandaele’s backyard, Betsy is the name of his favorite in the flock. No reservations are accepted - just walk in (entrance located in back alley behind Belga's main entrance; follow the chicken footprints!).  Closest Metro is Eastern Market.

Keith and I ate at the Betsy on a hot summer evening.  We decided to eat lightly, and just order a few of the small plates to share.  We enjoyed the Buffalo Chicken Croquettes served with blue cheese and hot sauce;  Mac & Cheese with lots of black truffle Pecorino cheese; the Deviled Eggs; and the Ocean Candies - grilled scallops with green peas & asparagus.

The food was perfect for summer and we washed it all down with a gin & tonic.  I adored the classic Hendrick's served with Fever Tree Naturally Light Tonic and sliced cucumber.  Keith liked a couple different versions - one with lemon and the other with grapefruit.

All in all we had a nice little dinner on the colorful rooftop, and could see how this small oasis would be great to dine with friends.  I hope it stays open through Fall, as I think the cooler temps would make the atmosphere a bit more tolerable.

Total Rating: 3.73
Food: 3.5, Price: 4, Service: 3.5, Ambience: 4, Accessibility: 5

1 comment:

  1. This place have unique light displays that change color and can be set to create the perfect mood for your celebration. These distinctive features of NYC venues are sure to wow your guests. And it gets better every instant.


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