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Bowery Lane

8.5/10
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1 O'Connell St, 2000 Sydney (NSW)See map

Average price $45

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  • Average price $45
Roast pumpkin salad
$24
Beer battered fish
$27
Saffron spaghetti
$27
Peas, broccolini, chilli, lemon and garlic oil, walnut pangrattato and salted ricotta

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Reviews

8.5/10
Fabulous882 reviews
8.9/10

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  • Katia K.

    9 May 20211 review

    10/10

    Fantastic place for business breakfast or lunch

  • Andy W.

    30 April 20211 review

    7.5/10

    Went there for a lunch with colleagues, for such an affair this place is great. It gets the job done

  • Wing L.

    29 April 202116 reviews

    10/10

    A good place for coffee, breakfast and lunch with business clients. Nothing to complain.

  • Gigi W.

    10 February 202132 reviews

    10/10

    always a good place to have a quick lunch near work.

  • Seb L.

    9 February 20215 reviews

    7/10

    Pretty good lunch venue

  • Esther C.

    18 January 202111 reviews

    10/10

    Great city neighbourhood gem for taking clients or catching up with friends

  • Casey Au

    16 November 20202 reviews

    9/10

    Great restaurant for a nicer than usual lunch. Nicer than food court but not at a premium price. Always have a pleasant time and the menu is refreshed regularly.

  • Colin Y.

    2 November 20203 reviews

    5.5/10
  • Gigi W.

    22 September 202032 reviews

    10/10

    great food and service! would definitely come back for another visit. Had the wagyu pie with mash and it was delicious!

  • Douglas I.

    17 September 202031 reviews

    7/10

    decent meal, but ambience in lobby is less good than inside the restaurant, so best to book earlier - i was last minute. Food good here, and good place.

  • Jane R.

    15 September 202010 reviews

    9/10

    Revamped lunch menu post COVID. Great food and well presented. Feels safe without being sterile. Service was quick and friendly, good combination!

  • Rahul B.

    19 August 202022 reviews

    9/10

    Good breakfast venue and attentive service

  • Sommer B.

    12 August 20201 review

    8.5/10

    The food was great as always, but missed the full breakfast menu. we were a little forgotten up the back but the lady was apologetic and polite so no issue.

  • Justin V.
    Justin V.

    10 March 20206 reviews

    10/10

    Great breakfast spot. Love the booths!

  • Christine W.

    12 February 20201 review

    10/10
  • Justin V.
    Justin V.

    5 February 20206 reviews

    10/10

    Excellent

  • Alex S.

    27 January 20201 review

    8/10

    Really good food but a little slow service

  • Jessica B.

    8 January 202015 reviews

    8.5/10
  • Marie N.

    17 December 20191 review

    7.5/10

    The food was delicious as always. The service was quite inattentive: we had difficulties getting the waitress's attention to order our drinks and they arrived received after our food.

  • Charlie A.

    16 December 20192 reviews

    10/10

    Always a great place for a quick work lunch and great for after work dinners! I also have their bfast on the go and it's fantastic. Great service, good quality food and well priced. A fave regular!

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How to get to the restaurant

1 O'Connell St, 2000, Sydney (NSW), Australia

Directions to get there

Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, Haymarket, Sydney CBD, Sydney City, The Rocks

About the restaurant

New York and Sydney may be almost 10,000 miles apart, but when it comes to capturing that iconic American panache so many of us know and love, recently opened Bowery Lane aims to prove distance is relative with the right ingredients.

Hidden away under the towering office block at no.1 O'Connell and accessible via a second street-facing entrance, the cafe restaurant combines fashion with farm, taking its inspiration from the once-agricultural-then-high-society suburb of early 1800s Manhattan. The former is evident in the warehouse-style ceilings, gorgeous high booths, exposed bulb lighting above large communal tables and soft black leather banquets juxtaposed with crisp, white tiles and hessian curtains. The latter, as you can imagine, via the menu.

With an emphasis on locally sourced produce, cocktails and a comprehensive spirits list to sate its predicted majority banker/lawyer clientele, said menu has already had a little journey of its own. Initially linked to chef Jeff Turnbull (High St Bistro), it received its first write up via Braden White (Rickys, Noosa). However, according to general manager Nick Bayss, ex O Bar and Dining, Richard Duff now heads up the open kitchen, visible via a gangway linking the main restaurant to a hotplate takeaway section for busy business folk on the go.

Already packed out come 1pm, the dining room is designed for breakfast, lunch and (by early September) dinner too. Again according to Bayss, the main attractions here are the slow-cooked lamb ($55), barbecue organic chicken ($48) and pork collar ($46) share dishes, which, with a couple of sides, will happily feed three or four people and only set you back about $30 a head.

Just two on our visit, however, we decided to pick through the menu, beginning with warm Mt Zero olives ($7), manchego croquettes and chargrilled lamb ribs (both $14). The smoked chilli aioli with the croquettes packed a perfectly balanced fiery punch, while the tender, award-winning Milly Hill meat fell off the bone with the help of some seriously vibrant chimmichurri. One of our accompanying cocktails, sadly, was not as impressive. While the New York Sour ($15) was nice and subtle with a firm Bulleit Rye whiskey presence, the Cosmopolitan City ($16) was too sweet. That being said, there are eight more on the menu we didn’t try.

Next came the house smoked hickory salmon ($17), served with thinly sliced toasted rye bread, puffed wild rice and bottarga salad (cured fish roe). Fresh, thick and meaty, the salmon comes in three fat chunks and makes an ideal sized entree for the giant pork cotoletta (aka schnitty, $27) that followed with slaw and garlic aioli. If you like your condiments, you’ll enjoy the aioli, but hats off to these guys here: this deep-fried cutlet was so juicy all we needed was a squeeze of lemon, plus the apple and pea slaw — genius. Throughout we sipped on the fabulously deep and weighty South Australian Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon ($57 per bottle), one of the 50 or so local and US wines on offer.

But to put it simply, whether you’re after a long boozy lunch like us, or something smaller, Bowery Lane will impress. If the intention here was to prove Sydney can add its own stamp to the service and selection that makes New York such a world renowned destination: mission accomplished.

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