The Malt House on Thompson Street in Greenwich Village is an ideal blend of homey comfort and sophisticated warmth. The food is delicious. The playlist adds to the ambience without distracting a patron from catching up with an old friend. The staff is readily accommodating and friendly. Plus they have a terrific happy hour Monday thru Friday from 4 to 7pm with $1 Oysters to boot.
The portions are sizable and great for sharing. I particularly enjoyed the Cheese Curds with a side of chipotle aioli, the Tempura Pickles, and the BFG (baked, fried, and grilled) Wings to start. As a main, I loved the steamed muscles, which sit nicely in a roasted tomato, garlic, herb, and chorizo sauce. The Malt House Salad with grilled chicken is a lovely choice as well if you want to nix the bread and fried food. However, full disclosure, I do not usually eat hamburgers, but the Malt House Burger was hard to resist. It is definitely a menu highlight as are the special Mac & Cheeses, which include bacon, chicken, and lobster.
Ok, if you are not already salivating then let me tell you about the Choco Cake and Crème Brulee both made in house. The Choco Cake is warm gooey chocolate on the inside. The Crème Brulee is perfectly creamy and a lighter bite. You can’t go wrong either way.
Executive Chef Armando Avila (STK and 5 Napkin Burger) has successfully designed a well-balanced and tasty menu, which leans towards American comfort food. The Malt House is moderately priced, but the portions are fairly big and easy to share with friends and loved ones. It’s a nice date spot. Plus, with their wide selection of wine, beer, and mixed drinks, it is also just a great place to go with friends after a long workday. I highly recommend this American Tavern whether it be a nice cozy get together or a larger party gathering.
The Malt House, 206 Thompson Street