If you’re sick and tired of run-of-the-mill burger and fries head no further than Bleecker Street to experience the newly opened SLIDE. With a menu designed by Chopped and Iron Chef champion Chef Madison Cowan, SLIDE brings diners a wildly eclectic, elevated selection of gourmet sliders in a fine dining setting. Decorated with a rotating selection of West Village artists, SLIDE is above and beyond your average burger joint, specializing in three irresistible items: sliders, boozy shakes, and cannoli.
Sliders, all meant to be shared, are served on a custom wood-worked platter with indentations for each of the three sliders. Each slider is cooked to perfection depending on the requirements of the ingredients or customer specifications. From the Classic Slider to the Montauk Lobster Slider, SLIDE has an option sure to please any burger lover. For those looking for a more healthy version of the bar menu favorite, all sliders can be served on baby iceberg lettuce buns. We loved the Italiano made of a blend of ground veal and Italian sausage, topped with kalamata olive tapenade, buffalo mozzarella, plum tomato, and arugula ($15) and the BBQ Pork Belly with Monterey Jack cheese, pickled onions and fried Brussel sprouts ($12) but then we tried the SLIDE Chicken & Waffle and all bets were off ($13). This amazing take on a Southern delicacy is composed of buttermilk fried chicken, maple bourbon pear butter, and spicy coleslaw all between two cheddar cheese waffles. If you’re looking for a light way to start your meal a definite must is the Tuscan Kale Caesar Salad with perfectly salty anchovy croutons and a hot spring egg on top ($10).
Since SLIDE specializes in cannoli and boozy milkshakes you’re not allowed to leave until you’ve tried a flight of 3 handmade cannoli ($9) compliments of cannoli master, Anthony Fontana of Stuffed Artisan Cannoli. (Did you know that cannoli is plural? Us either.) The flavors are ever-changing but expect such options as traditional, mudslide, sweet and salty, and others. Also on the dessert menu, or with dinner of course, there are SLIDE’s boozy shakes ($11). Most of the spiked shakes are available as “virgin” and include the Sweet Home Alabama made with butter pecan ice cream, Jim Beam bourbon, candied pecans and topped with whipped cream. For those looking for a more eclectic shake there’s the mmmm BACON shake with maple ice cream, maple, bacon fat, bourbon and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.
If you’re in the mood for a regular cocktail, SLIDE also has an impressive list of craft cocktails created by veteran mixologist, Liam Wager. Each cocktail uniquely pairs with SLIDE’s umami-centric menu items. The Thai Chillins ($12) is a spiced Bombay Sapphire East gin cocktail with Thai chili, pineapple, cilantro simple syrup, lemon, and soda water and is ideal to pair with the BBQ Pork Belly slider.
For reservations, additional information, and the full SLIDE menu, check out their website.