Barnyard: It ain’t about the cows!

I read a few reviews about Barnyard, 149 Avenue C, btwn East 9th and 10th streets) and thought it sounds good, so I decided to stop by for lunch. I had thoughts of cows running around in the backyard and Ross Perot wielding a pitchfork full of hay.

When I got there I saw a pretty trendy looking crowd of customers milling around in a place that has a cute and cozy atmosphere. It took me a few minutes to figure out how to order, but when I did I went right for the Three Cheese Grilled Cheese sandwich. I’d read a review saying that it was the way to go!

It was a long wait — about 15 minutes. It was lunch time and there were a number of people already waiting for their own goods when I arrived, so I guess it was to be expected. Then after everyone had left, I got my sandwich.

When I saw my sandwich, I was a little bit disappointed. I guess I thought it would be larger. It was standard bread. And, I’m not a fan of white, sandwich bread by any means. I didn’t even think to ask if they had any other bread options (my bad, perhaps!). It didn’t come with any sides, which I didn’t eally expect. I guess I figured it would come with a pickle, cole slaw, some greens or maybe some fries. So, it was not as substantial a meal as I would have ordered after just having finished a trek to East River Park.

Anyway, I sat down and took a bite out my sandwich, which included some bacon and tomato (God, I long for heirloom tomatoes when we get into October! But, that craving wasn’t to be satisfied today.). At first thought, I thought to myself that it was OK. I think I was still trying to overcome my disappointment over the white bread and size of my meal. I took another bite and then another. Soon it was gone. And yes, I was still hungry!

The verdict: the sandwich was good (not great). Next time I’d probably stick to making my own grilled cheese. Exactly the way I like it! But, I would return to Barnyard. It looks pretty cool and I think some of the other options would probably work better for me. Heck, having a andwich with a couple sides (like a salad) would proably send me home much more satisfied!

That’s all for now. I’ve gotta go get a snack!

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