Manhattan 14th to 59th Street Victoria's reviews

The Half King Bar & Restaurant

By on December 6, 2011

Place: The Half King Bar & Restaurant

Neighborhood: Chelsea, 505 West 23rd St. (off of 10th Ave.)

Mimosa Rating:

Bar at The Half King

The scoop: The Half King Bar & Restaurant is located right below the High Line and is suitable for all ages during brunch hours. It is nice to know a restaurant that caters to many different types of brunchers — from parents with their children to groups of friends as well as solo diners. To my surprise, there are many seating options at Half King. On this warm Sunday afternoon, there were a bunch of people sitting in the outside area in front of the restaurant. As you enter, there is a bar and a couple of booths where people were watching the football game on a large TV. There are many other seating options from a dining room to the right and a lounge toward the back. Also, there is a cozy garden area with tables that was reserved for a party.

Lounge with TV

It was my dad’s birthday, and being the football fanatic he is, I asked to sit near a TV. We were comfortably seated in the lounge where there is a small TV on the wall. While sitting in the lounge area, you can hear the chatter at the bar, but it wasn’t too loud because we were still able to hear the music playing in the background.

Our waitress seemed genuinely friendly and always had a huge smile on fer face as she busily walked around the restaurant. Service was a little slow, and it took us a while to get our drinks and food. It was extremely busy in the restaurant, and we had to find our waitress to request our check.

Bottoms up: Each brunch entrée comes with a complimentary bloody Mary, mimosa or Kir Royale

Kir Royale and mimosa

Kir Royale

The Kir Royale was pretty strong, and you can get a slight buzz off of one drink. The sweet taste of the crème de cassis overpowered the taste of champagne in this Kir Royale.


My mom ordered the mimosa, and she said it was the best tasting mimosa she had in a while. It had a good amount of both champagne and orange juice.

Chew on this:

Turkey burger $13 / Extra virgin olive oil, caramelized onions, rosemary and sage

Turkey burger

The Half King has several burgers to choose from. The caramelized onions caught my attention, so I decided to order the turkey burger. Unfortunately, the caramelized onions were not on my burger. I was only provided with regular onions. I didn’t ask the server to take my dish back because I was waiting awhile for my food and I was hungry. The burger was delicious, and the taste of rosemary was prominent. There was too much bread for the actual meat, so I removed the top part of the bun and just ate the meat with the bottom half.  I also enjoyed the delicious fries and crunchy pickle.

Three egg omelet $13 / Served with home fries and toast; Choose any two: spinach, broccoli, asparagus, tomatoes, peppers and onions, mushrooms, scallions, cream cheese, goat cheese, cheddar, Swiss, American, maytag beu or mozzarella

Three egg omelet

Since there were so many options to choose for the omelet, it took my mom a while to decide what she wanted. She ended up picking broccoli, onions and mozzarella, and she thought everything was excellent. The omelet was fluffy and tasty and was filled with a good amount of fresh broccoli. Unfortunately, the home fries were served cold, so she didn’t enjoy them too much. 

Beef burger

Beef burger $12 / House three cut blend grass fed

My dad enjoyed his basic beef burger, and it was simply prepared exactly how he likes his burgers. The fries were made from real potatoes and were served perfectly warm and very soft on the inside.

The Half King

The final bite: The Half King Restaurant & Bar has a decent brunch menu, and they also offer brunch specials of the day. This is a definitely a good place to brunch before a walk on the High Line or if you want to enjoy tasty food and watch a game.

Reviewed by: Victoria


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