Goat Town

(Now Closed)
American Restaurant$$$$
Alphabet City, New York
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  • refinery29
    refinery29August 3, 2014
    The all-American menu goes beyond burgers to include oysters and an irresistible cookie plate for dessert. The ingredients are local and seasonal, and the chef preserves and pickles on-site. Read more
  • The Wall Street Journal
    Upon being seated for brunch at Goat Town, order the biscuits straightaway. Salty on top and not too dense, they're served with house-made poblano jam that was a happy accident in the kitchen. Read more
  • harryh
    harryhSeptember 21, 2012
    Fantastic all around. Start with a rye old fashioned, try the goat shoulder rillette, and finish up with the bourbon vanilla ice cream (though the salted carmel sundae looked pretty good too...).
  • Andrea G.
    Andrea GalambosSeptember 10, 2012
    Great east village date spot with charming rustic decor and a backyard garden. Ricotta toasts were delicious as was the chicken entree with goat cheese puree. Skip the cookies for a glass of Rose.
  • Jessey W.
    Jessey White-CinisJuly 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    All of the food is incredible. While simple, my favorite thing is the smoked whitefish toast. Also if you're taking a night off of drinking, their home-made ginger soda is really special.
  • Risa
    RisaSeptember 3, 2012
    Love the braised short ribs on the winter menu... but the star of the meal was the salted caramel sundae with pretzels & gingerbread--delightful layers of sweet, salty, soft, & crunchy.
  • Adam B.
    Adam BesvinickJune 25, 2013
    One of my favorite spots in NYC. Glenster cocktail was great. Side salad and shishito peppers were amazing w/ chicken and waffles. Caramel sundae is essential as well.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    The food hits all the usual local and sustainable notes, tendering an especially fine hamburger with homemade mayo, pickled purple onions, and Brooklyn-made dill pickles. Read more
  • Amy D.
    Amy DiazJune 25, 2013
    One of the best restaurants I have been to in NYC. Cocktails are great. Food is excellent. Try the branzino and don't miss the caramel sunday for dessert.
  • Lindsay
    LindsayFebruary 22, 2011
    I love everything about this place: the oysters, kale side dish, burger the size of my head, lighting & leather handle on the bathroom's old barn door as well as the sweet barkeep & waitstaff. Sigh.
  • New York Post
    New York PostJune 11, 2013
    Must try: Knickerbocker Sundae ($9) combines three scoops of salted-caramel ice cream, chewy caramel cake and thick sauce — all made from scratch. Mini pretzels sprinkled on top add a salty crunch.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    The unusual name suits the bistro: It was coined by Washington Irving to lampoon New York City, based on a translation of the Dutch name Gotham. Read more
  • NearSay NYC
    NearSay NYCJuly 25, 2011
    Ditch the overrated & overdone greens & roots & dig in to executive chef Jessica Wilson's delicious braised fennel, blanketed in anchovy-red-wine vinaigrettes & sprinkled with bread crumbs.
  • agnes c.
    agnes chanMay 25, 2013
    Great, old-timey date atmosphere. The arugula pappardelle is delicious and the salted caramel ice cream sundae is to die for!
  • Julia S.
    Julia SeongJuly 15, 2013
    The burger is truly amazing, in line with what everyone has been saying! Don't forget the salted caramel sundae for dessert.
  • Holly M.
    Holly MooreDecember 19, 2013
    Steak tartare and chicken confit w/marrow crostinis were incredible. Cassoulet is hearty and flavorful on a cold night.
  • Sarah L.
    Sarah LensingFebruary 21, 2012
    Monday nights they have a special menu. it was Mexican when I went. delish but worth being prepared for (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneMarch 2, 2013
    Brunch here rocks. Ribollita with 2 poached eggs, $11 or Kale Salad, $10. Great service with a smile too!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SiegalNovember 4, 2012
    Went once for brunch. Buckwheat ricotta pancakes with blueberries, walnuts, and honey were indulgent but very much worth a try.
  • Whitney B.
    Whitney BryanApril 6, 2013
    The brunch is AMAZING! The biscuits with poblano jam are particularly delicious and a must-order.
  • Ali F.
    Ali F.February 22, 2013
    Awesome food. Great date spot. House made ricotta in the spring/summer is buttery-delicious heaven
  • Paul R.
    Paul RieckhoffSeptember 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the bacon. Best I've ever tasted. Only downside, still no liquor license. And check out the bathroom. Really cool design.
  • Fred C.
    Fred CaminoAugust 24, 2013
    Goat Town Burger is great and try the Stout & Stormy, it's surprisingly refreshing.
  • Sarah N.
    Sarah NelsonMay 29, 2012
    Great neighborhood spot I frequent- love the decor. chicken is great. dinner much better than brunch.
  • Lola
    LolaJanuary 20, 2011
    I'm sure the chicken is normally amazing but tonight it was so salty I figured it had to be accidental. The oysters, cocktails and the cauliflower soup were delish!
  • Heather D.
    Heather DumfordOctober 13, 2011
    The house ricotta with toasted bread and tomatoes is perfection. On a warm night pair it with a glass of Sancerre rosé.
  • Maha
    MahaJuly 22, 2013
    Yummy trout - not so yummy kale salad. Get the salted caramel sundae - so GOOD!
  • Paul Travis K.
    Paul Travis KleinNovember 16, 2013
    Sublimely disappointed this place went away from small plates and, most importantly, featuring goat on their menu. Chicken was solid, and the burger was good, but the rewriting of history is lame.
  • Angela
    AngelaJune 1, 2013
    Biscuits with poblano jam were so fantastic I could eat them everyday and not care if I became a heifer.
  • DishEnvy
    DishEnvyMarch 2, 2012
    Finish your meal with the Ice Cream Sundae. It's sweet, salty, and has lots of texture and bite. It's also one of the top rated desserts in NYC!
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceNovember 14, 2011
    Winner of Best New Restaurant in the Village Voice 2011 Best Of issue! The perfect of 2011 food trends, exectured near flawlessly.
  • Adrienne S.
    Adrienne SApril 20, 2012
    Awesome cocktails and food. Great place in the neighborhood. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Lee H.
    Lee HoffmanFebruary 9, 2014
    The Kale Salad and Brussels Sprouts are amazing
  • Leela R.
    Leela RamnathFebruary 23, 2014
    Great service. Get the Old fashioned Collins and salted caramel sundae. Amazing.
  • stephiedoo
    stephiedooJune 27, 2011
    Berkshire pork chop, egg & roe, and the liver & jam are delicious. Mango & lime sorbet to top it off.
  • Samantha S.
    Samantha SmithFebruary 23, 2014
    Biscuits and jalapeño jam are a must. Then try the pork & grits.
  • naveen
    naveenFebruary 23, 2011
    finish your meal by splitting a double scoop of both the burnt honey and the salted caramel ice cream
  • Nicole D.
    Nicole DuprasJune 2, 2013
    Salted caramel sundae. Just do it. You won't be disappointed.
  • Mollie  G.
    Mollie  GilmoreAugust 6, 2011
    Love the ice cream cart! Bitter chocolate and salted carmel pretzel are both amazing!
  • Matt C.
    Matt CrimNovember 8, 2011
    The bartender Jen is hot, sexy, friendly and knows her wine!!! Great food too!!!
  • Ally B.
    Ally BurtonMay 7, 2013
    Must-haves = the octopus, kale salad and the salted caramel sundae.
  • Jason R.
    Jason RudmanApril 30, 2011
    Great food. Don't come with your American Express card because they don't take it. Also, waitress was very weird...had no sense of when to not interrupt a table conversation.
  • Quentin H.
    Quentin HardyFebruary 11, 2011
    The beef tartar is amazing. Subtle heat, topped with organic egg yolk, & accompanied by pickled capers.
  • Dexter S.
    Dexter ScottDecember 17, 2011
    This place is great. Wine and beer only. Bumping Annie Ross on vinyl.... Just awesome
  • Sarah N.
    Sarah NelsonMarch 2, 2012
    Pretty good neighborhood spot. great decor. dinner is much better than brunch.
  • Jessica E.
    Jessica EliasNovember 25, 2012
    Get the biscuits and fried chicken with waffles at brunch!
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceFebruary 3, 2012
    Village Voice is excited to have Goat Town at the 2012 ChoiceEats food fest! Full list of restaurants here: http://ow.ly/8QjDQ
  • Maxwell Z.
    Maxwell ZFebruary 19, 2012
    Buckwheat ricotta pancake. Looks slightly disgusting, tastes absolutely delicious.
  • Brendan L.
    Brendan LewisJuly 4, 2014
    The Kale Tagliatelle is so good, you'll forget you're on the hipster Kale bandwagon!
  • Neha J.
    Neha JambhekarAugust 24, 2013
    Do not leave this place without trying the candied bacon!
  • David H.
    David HuFebruary 8, 2014
    Very reasonably priced brunch. They have grits!
  • Melissa H.
    Melissa HribarApril 12, 2011
    Skip the trout and gribiche. You can't go wrong with the french fries.
  • Rebecca Z.
    Rebecca ZhouMarch 23, 2013
    The brunch menu is delicious and a great value. A++++
  • Emily K.
    Emily KammeyerJanuary 3, 2011
    Go for the kale app and artic char main dish. You won't be disappointed!
  • Stephanie I.
    Stephanie IsaacsonMarch 16, 2014
    It has a B rating. No substitutions allowed on orders. Told me they could not steam almond milk or soy milk for a latte
  • Matt H.
    Matt HargraveMarch 13, 2014
    Super friendly staff but the place can get filled with pretentious d-bags.
  • Amy Z.
    Amy ZApril 5, 2014
    Amazing biscuits, but not too keen on the jam.
  • Kavitha S.
    Kavitha SagiFebruary 5, 2012
    The best pancake ever! Made w buckwheat n ricotta;)
  • Veronika S.
    Veronika SonsevJanuary 11, 2014
    Wow...try the salt caramel Sunday. Worth every calorie.
  • Rob H.
    Rob HornakMarch 2, 2014
    The Scarecrow is an amazing cocktail.
  • Mike G.
    Mike GApril 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Oysters and burger. And anything smoked, or anything pickled. Done and done and done.
  • Frank M.
    Frank MaguireMarch 19, 2012
    @nymag best of ny - combination plate (flaco plato)
  • Brittany L.
    Brittany L.January 19, 2014
    Salted carmel sundae - better than Big Gay's salty pimp.
  • Milena A.
    Milena AdamianOctober 23, 2011
    Absolutely fabulous goat shoulder. Must try!
  • Jessica T.
    Jessica TAugust 31, 2012
    Order the Carmine's conspiracy if you like gin.
  • Mark T.
    Mark TabryJune 19, 2011
    The egg and "pork belly" BLT is just a BLT w/ a fried egg. Skip it and get the oyster po boy instead.
  • Emily L.
    Emily LawrenceJuly 15, 2012
    Checkout the gorgeous garden out back.
  • Duane H.
    Duane HoseinJuly 26, 2011
    The pork belly dish is incredible.
  • Bonnie C.
    Bonnie ChuMay 5, 2012
    Salted caramel sundae. Do it.
  • Erika A.
    Erika AndersonJune 1, 2013
    I could spend days in this bathroom. Hell, I could live here.
  • August C.
    August CosentinoApril 9, 2011
    Good burger; hipster scene; wear your woolie and skinny jeans
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan MatznerOctober 13, 2011
    Beautiful restaurant but food is over-priced.
  • jonjohnjohnson
    jonjohnjohnsonJune 23, 2013
    The only thing that is better than the food is the music...
  • Meg M.
    Meg MinuskinApril 4, 2014
    candied bacon sandwich
  • Katie C.
    Katie CovingtonJanuary 16, 2012
    Make sure to save room for ice cream.
  • Dan Z.
    Dan ZeehandelaarFebruary 26, 2011
    Ham and eggs is the way to go
  • Dan H.
    Dan HussonJuly 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the oyster/wine deal for happy hour.
  • Suyin
    SuyinSeptember 15, 2011
    Skip the bass. Warm cookies were yum though.
  • Christina C.
    Christina CacioppoApril 4, 2011
    The N'Orleans breakfast scramble tastes like the sea.
  • Brandon P.
    Brandon PerlmanJanuary 9, 2011
    Chicken, veal meatballs and oysters. 'nuff said...
  • Andreas K.
    Andreas KällbomMarch 5, 2014
    The steak tartare 👌
  • Shawn S.
    Shawn SachsAugust 20, 2011
    Place is great...but I'd skip the goat neck dish.
  • David G.
    David GuthuMarch 9, 2011
    Trout special was delicious
  • Christina H.
    Christina HeggieMay 5, 2012
    Don't ever bother, if you care about service. Go here if you want rude, French service. Good food, but not good enough. I'll never be back.
  • Proper Idleness
    Proper IdlenessMarch 10, 2012
    goat face sandwich
  • Spencer F.
    Spencer FryFebruary 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Yummy bacon.
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingJanuary 12, 2011
    Try the oysters & caviar
  • Leslie R.
    Leslie RichinJuly 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    They play vinyl here!
  • Proper Idleness
    Proper IdlenessApril 2, 2012
    combination plate
  • Amber M.
    Amber MollerJuly 31, 2014
    I'm so sad Goat Town is gone... :(
  • Nina Y.
    Nina YiamsamathaApril 10, 2011
    Why "Goat Town"? "Gotham" means "goat town" in old Anglo-Saxon.
  • Matt C.
    Matt CrimNovember 8, 2011
    The. Attendee
  • Nestor B.
    Nestor BaillyMay 12, 2012
    Terrible, snobby service. Host wouldn't give time of day, waitress was insufferable >:(
  • bradley a g.
    bradley a giddensFebruary 27, 2011
    Go here.
  • Max G.
    Max GebhardtNovember 20, 2011
    Overprized brunch and bad service!
  • Michael K.
    Slowest service ever. Don't come here on the weekends.
  • Mimi
    MimiMay 16, 2012
    Unfortunately average, even mediocre. Go somewhere else.
  • Benjamin P.
    Benjamin PalmerDecember 21, 2010
    Interesting bathroom
  • Tamila A.
    Tamila AgaevaJune 17, 2013
    Одно из лучших мест, что мы посетили в Нью Йорке. Атмосфера, обслуживание и еда на высоте. Бургеры лучшие, из того, что нам удалось попробовать за 2 недели в США.
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