Inspired by the food and culture of New York and set within the restored former Royal Insurance Building, NYL offers a mix of delicious modern food prepared by an award winning chef, expertly mixed cocktails, amazing service and a spectacular setting for socialising day and night.
The building is absolutely beautiful with it's ornate high ceilings and huge windows. The interior, styled out in luxe dark wood panels, chocolate brown leather upholstered seating and decadent lighting, compliments it perfectly. The whole place just screams class.
The lunch menu is currently running at 2 courses for £15, which at this award winning standard is pretty amazing and we were looking forward to tucking in! It was hard to choose from dishes such as Superfood Salad, NYL Chicken Caesar and Cheese Steak, but I chose the wild mushroom and chestnut Ravioli with sweet potato fries and Tim went with the NYL Burger and triple cooked chips.
My Ravioli (normally £12) was unbelieveable! Drizzled in roasted garlic cream, basil foam and truffle oil, with a smidge of spiced spinach on top. Mushroom ravioli is one of my fave dishes to discover on a menu (along with some form of sausage and mash) and this is the best I've tasted. SO good that I would order this again even if I went back to NYL the next day!
Tim's NYL Burger (normally £13) was the perfect size, 8oz of hand formed beef with smoked streaky bacon and applewood smoked cheese on a salad laden brioche bun and pinned with a pickle! On the side sat two huge onion rings, triple cooked chips and NYL relish. The burger was juicy and full of flavour, and the chips were just amazing, think rectangular roast potatoes - YUM. Tim was quite taken with the NYL relish too, seriously, they should bottle and sell this stuff at the desk!
The dessert menu was also insane, ALL the good stuff such as lemon tart, sorbet, creme brulee . . . but Tim chose the Oreo Cheesecake (normally £6) and I went for the Chocolate Blondie (normally £6) even though I had no clue what it was!
Check this bad boy out. I'm not going to lie, this was the truth and I wish I'd gone for it myself! It was literally like eating 2 giant Oreo's, but better, served with bitesize brownies and summer fruits to box everything off with a ribbon bow. I don't think I can think of a more positive way to put that! Just dessert perfection.
Mine turned out to be a white chocolate and macadamia nut cake with peanut butter frosting and popping candy, served with ice cream and summer fruits. It was beaut and I ate every bit but I was definitely eyeing up Tim's the entire time. The heart, and eyes and stomach, want what they want I guess!
The service was second to none and everyone was such a sweetheart, especially our lovely waitress who I found myself gabbing away to like we'd met a thousand times! I love it when you feel totally at ease even when your surroundings are super impressive and grand.
I can only imagine how fab the atmosphere is in the night when the drinks are flowing and everyone is having a good time. One for the next Saturday night out in town for sure, especially with Liverpool legend DJ Lee Butler in residence! Plus I've got to get a spot on that mezzanine bar up above to watch the uber glam Scouse gals go by!
Huge thanks to NYL for having us :) I've already got my finger on arranging a Thursday Steak Night get together with friends, so we'll be back!