The historic 1.5-mile Bowery is the oldest thoroughfare in Manhattan.
First used to connect the farmlands on the outskirts to the heart of the city, it soon became New York’s most elegant street, lined with grand theatres, soaring banks and glamourous mansions. The Civil War saw a complete reversal of fortunes, and Bowery became home to one of America’s earliest street gangs, the Bowery Boys.
In Sydney, Bowery Lane pays tribute to the street’s colourful past, pairing a refined dining experience with industrial aesthetics in order to create the ultimate homage.
The first glimpses of Bowery’s space reveal exposed brick walls, black leather banquettes, art-deco fixtures and concrete accents, all combining to present an inner-city warehouse feel. As you wander in, the dominating era-style bar is bound to catch your eye, setting the visual tone for Bowery’s underlying ethos: the seamless juxtaposition of old and new.
The team of chefs at Bowery Lane is enacting this philosophy through the menu. They balance a list of classic dishes with new combinations, presenting regulars and first-timers with something new every time.
Regardless of what you order, you can be sure every ingredient is as fresh as can be. High-end, farm-fresh local and seasonal produce form the backbone of each dish, uniting bold flavours with vibrant colours. Seafood is sustainably farmed or caught off-the-line, meats arrive fresh from Grainge and the Riverina, and condiments are all constructed in-house.
Weekday breakfast options include a green breakfast bowl of poached eggs, quinoa, kale, halloumi, avocado, buckwheat and pumpkin seeds, and the Spanish
Harlem – roast pumpkin, chorizo, poached eggs, labne, harissa, cocoa almond and puffed rice. Come the weekend, brunch choices expand to include the ‘un- smashed avocado’ with broad beans, edamame, avocado, ricotta and poached eggs on soy-linseed toast.
Lunch sees a stronger American influence seep through, with a Reuben filled with salted beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and mustard dressing, and a New York cheeseburger of Angus beef, house-made ketchup and Monterey Jack cheese. If you’re after something a touch lighter, opt for the confit duck salad with green mango, bean sprouts, coriander, chilli and peanuts.
Dinner invites you to share your fare, with delicious snacks and larger plates. Start with washed-rind cheese croquettes with smoked chilli mayo, or potted confit duck with spiced pear chutney and brioche. Move onto a slow-cooked lamb shoulder with ancient grains, chermoula and mustard cream, or a crisp pork belly with cider-baked apple, quince paste and upland cress.
The cocktail list draws inspiration from ‘the golden age of cocktails’ (1880s-1890s) and the pre-prohibition era between 1919 and 1933. Try the When Tequila Met Rhubarb – a combination of Calle 23 tequila, citrus, elderflower, rhubarb and ginger shrub and soda water – for a tribute to the iconic When Harry Met Sally. The Belfort Collins is a homage to the Wolf of Wall Street, featuring Tanqueray gin, a dash of Pernod, grapefruit bitters, lemon and soda water.
A strong whisky list offers over 20 varieties, while the beer list is both American and Australian. Wine is mostly available by the bottle, with a focus on Australian reds and whites. With upmarket dishes and a relaxed setting, Bowery Lane is bringing a taste of old school New York City to the heart of Sydney’s CBD.