Place: 5 Ninth
Neighborhood: Meatpacking District, 5 9th Ave. (between Little W. 12th St. & 13th St.)
The scoop: Nestled among trendy Meatpacking clubs and restaurants, you will find 5 Ninth — a little gem with a cobblestone road leading up to the restaurant, giving it a super cozy and homey feeling. To enter, you walk up a set of stairs almost as if you are walking into someone’s brownstone. The first floor, which has a full bar and a few seating options, is decorated like an antique cabin — complete with creaking wood flooring and a fireplace. They have an incredible backyard garden space, which I hear is amazing in the summertime. Upstairs is the main dining area with several small tables. We chose to sit on the quaint main floor.
5 Ninth’s menu is mostly American with a Spanish twist, offering egg dishes and sandwich options.
Bottoms up: 5 Ninth offers a full bar, and we decided it was a beer kind of afternoon. They had a few draft beers and some bottled beers that I had not heard of, but the server/bartender was great at explaining how each beer tasted. Their menu and prices rotate often.
This draft beer is an original German pilsner. The vibrant bitterness of this beer tastes slightly different than those brewed in the U.S. It is a decent beer, and I would recommend trying it based on its rating.
Cane and Ebel 2 Brothers Brewing Company
The taste and color of this bottled beer is very similar to darker amber ale. It has spicy rye flavor with hints of vanilla and orange. Don’t let the color fool you because it is not a heavy beer. This brew does have a lot of hops, though.
Chew on this: We walked into 5 Ninth on a weekday surprised to see that they did not have a lunch menu, but instead were offering their weekend brunch menu. On Saturdays/Sundays, however, there are special cocktail prices and a live jazz band.
Short Rib Benedict $14 / Poached Eggs, hollandaise, potatoes
Everything on the menu sounded pretty delicious, but our server recommended this dish. She said it was the most popular brunch dish. This sure hit the spot! Instead of English muffins, a fresh piece of bread was used as the base (surprisingly, it did not get soggy). It was topped with braised shredded short rib and two poached eggs. Looking at the picture makes me want more! The side of potatoes were nothing special to note, but they were still pretty good. I would definitely order this dish again.
Bocadillo $16 / Serrano ham, fresh, tomatoes, idiazabal, basil
A bocadillo is a Spanish sandwich, containing only a few ingredients and idiazabal (cheese from Spain) on ciabatta bread. This simple sandwich really hit the spot. It came out warm and delicious. The idiazabal cheese and ham, which was like a prosciutto, really added flavor. I would recommend this dish to anyone who doesn’t feel like having eggs. You will be satisfied.
The final bite: 5 Ninth is a cute, quaint restaurant that is perfect for a date or a few good friends. We were all very pleased with the quality of the food and service. I would absolutely love to rate this place higher, but the B inspection grade I noticed in the window after we brunched changes my overall feeling. I hope they can get everything in line for a grade A in the future because I would definitely recommend this place and would like to come back to check out the garden in the summer.
Reviewed by: Erica