The Uptown Garrison is like that friend who’s an eagle scout - life’s just easier when he’s around. In the case of your friend, that’s because he knows how to open wine bottles with a shoe, and in the case of this all-day bar a block from the A-train in Washington Heights, it’s because it works for just about every dining situation imaginable. It opens at 7am everyday and is a good option for breakfast and lunch meetings, and at night, it turns into a dark, constantly packed cocktail bar.
From the perfectly crispy fried chicken coated in chili honey to the burger with raclette that’s served on a milk bun, the food here is more interesting than whatever bar you went to that time you broke your corkscrew at home. Granted, that wouldn’t have been an issue if your eagle scout friend was around.
In case you’re the type of person who asks why sunsets are lovely or Shakira is an icon, then we’ll explain why you should order this perfectly cooked buttermilk fried chicken. The crispy skin doesn’t crumble or peel away when you cut into the juicy meat, and it’s coated in slightly sweet chili honey and black pepper.
With raclette, confit onions, and sauce, this burger sounds like a more effective sleep aid than chamomile tea and a Mr. Rogers marathon. But the toppings are well portioned, the lightly charred patty isn’t huge, and the housemade milk bun is so light that you’ll barely notice it.
The brick-oven pizzas here have thin, charred crusts with more air pockets than your phone when you put on the screen protector yourself. The toppings, like pepperoni and pickled peppers or porcini cream and wood roasted mushrooms, are very good, but they’re also very heavy, so get one for the table and share it.