Written by Hulda Lawrence
Angus McIndoe, a Scot, is the proprietor and creator of a delightful restaurant in his name at 258 West 44th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue (212) 221-9222. Diners enter from the street level along rows of comfortable chairs to the ground floor level bar area with several floors above. There is an elevator for those who want a more posh setting. However, we lunched on the ground floor where we met the boss Angus, Lucas our waiter, and Chad Hudson the general manager. David De Carlo has been the chef for four years. The restaurant has been open since 2001.
This restaurant can accommodate 175 people in its several rooms upstairs and downstairs. It is friendly and reasonable, and the American food is good. There is a daily lunch special for $14. When we visited there was Black Bean and Pancetta Soup at $8; Warm Quiche at $12 with mixed green salad; Chicken Breast Salad at $14; an Omelet at $12; Rigatoni with Sauteed Shrimps at $14; and for dessert Mascarpone Crème Napoleon at $8.
Drink specials change each day and our choices were the Mexipolitan, done with Silver Tequila, and Summer Sipper, a Cosmo done with Absolut Vodka, each at $12. There is a full and varied wine list and from it my companion sipped Pinot Grigio while my choice was Sangiovese. This restaurant is devoted to those of the theatrical profession. Therefore, printed right on the menu are "All day" breakfasts: eggs, slab bacon, lorne sausage, portobello mushroom, bbq beans, fried bread, all at $14 and available all day. Another adjustment to the dramatic personnel is the Late Snack menu with light bites under $10 after 10 p.m.
We decided to taste two appetizers: Vietnamese Steak Salad done with Asian greens, toasted cashews and sesame vinaigrette at $14 or for the larger size of $22; and Butterhead Lettuce Salad of Jicama Slaw, Dijon vinaigrette.
A group of such joys as Steamed Mussels Bouillabaisse De Carlo (the name of the chef)) is done with basmati rice, assorted seafood, rouille croutons in two sizes at $49 and $89; Grilled 38-ounce prime porterhouse steak for two at $79. The menu states that Angus recommends these entrees best after 8 p.m. with unlimited complimentary wine by the glass.
With a menu full of tantalizing dishes, we decided that Crispy Batter-Fried Fish and Chips with malt vinegar and tartar sauce at $22 was one choice, along with a grilled Bourbon Molasses-glazed Pork Chops along with broccoli, Yukon gold potato and peach chutney for $24. When next I visit I'll taste Wild Mushroom Lasagna or Grilled Chicken Salad of apple, pear, raspberries, Roquefort, toasted pecans, honey-shallot vinaigrette at $20.
Manager Chad brought us a tray of desserts. Each was superior. There was Lemon Pudding Cake with honey-glazed apricots; Vanilla Panna Cotta; warm Apple-Ginger Crumble with Clotted Cream; Marvelous Sticky Toffee Bread Pudding; and Bittersweet Chocolate Souffle Cake with orange creme anglaise. All these sweets are $9 each. Ice Cream or sorbet is $6 and for $3 a la mode can be ordered.
For the youngsters there is a Junior Menu with entrees like burgers with an assortment of toppings from $8 to $9; spaghetti or gluten-free spaghetti, $7 to $10; Crispy Chicken Tenders at $8; drinks like Shirley Temple and Kids Martini; and Fudge Brownie Ice Cream or sorbet at $3.
The whole establishment is geared to the demands of those in the theatre and their families. It obviously serves after 11 p.m.
Hours: Daily until after 11 p.m
The dollar sign indicates the approximate cost of dining for two persons, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity.