At the corner of Bank and Railroad streets in New Milford sits an oasis of air-conditioned comfort, as some friends and I discovered one steamy Saturday after a stint of errands and window shopping left us in need of refreshment.
Entering 59 Bank Restaurant & Bar from Bank Street, we noticed a spacious bar with plenty of seating, including tables near the back of the room. Although it looked as if we'd be comfortable enough having lunch there, we chose to venture downstairs to a dining area that had a brighter, sunnier feel, thanks to its windows on Railroad Street and lighter decor, with light green and mustard- colored painted walls and a light wood floor. The bar area upstairs sported brick walls and one deep, rosy coral wall.
Once settled, we checked out the menu. Small plates, salads, wraps, sandwiches, burgers, flatbreads, entrees -- mouth-watering items were listed under each section. After waging an internal debate over choosing one of the specials or a burger, I at last decided on the Bacon Brie Burger; it was described as a "stuffed burger with Brie cheese and bacon, grilled to perfection."
Oh, it was. This delicious entree came with french fries and coleslaw, both of which were quite tasty, but the burger stole the show on my plate. I added a dollop of ketchup to the tomato and lettuce that topped the meat, and thoroughly enjoyed my lunch.
My friends tried the Crispy Buffalo Chicken wrap, the Classic Turkey Club, and the Tuna Melt, each of which was accompanied by sweet potato chips and coleslaw. One of them let me try a sweet potato chip, and I agreed with them that these chips are winners. Next time, I'll be sure to order some.
Each dish was enjoyed by the one who ordered it. The Buffalo Chicken wrap was pronounced spicy, in a good way.
"The turkey club was very plentiful, a lot of turkey, a good amount of bacon the way I like it, very crispy," said one friend. "I really loved the bread. This beats a diner club; it's a turkey club with flair."
My friend who ordered the Tuna Melt, and who detests avocado, asked that they leave that off the sandwich. (The menu said it comes "with tomato, bacon, avocado, and Swiss cheese served open-faced on an English muffin.") Our waitress said no problem, and that was that.
My friend is also particular about certain cheeses. "I'm usually not a fan of Swiss cheese, but that was good, probably because of the combination of ingredients," she said.
Although our friendly server offered us dessert menus, we just didn't have room to try anything else. But the variety offered had something for almost every taste.
This delightful spot makes a great place to enjoy lunch or dinner. It offers seafood, meat, poultry and vegetable dishes with enough variety to please most diners. Brunch is available Saturdays and Sundays. A Half-Pint menu is available for ages 12 and younger.
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59 BANK RESTAURANT & BAR
59 Bank St. New Milford, 860-350-5995, www.59bank.com/
HOURS: Bar open until 1 a.m. Sunday-Thursday; until 2 a.m. Friday, Saturday. Kitchen open Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
CREDIT CARDS: All major cards accepted.
PRICES: Appetizers $12.59-$3.59; salads, sandwiches, wraps and burgers $10.59-$3.59; paninis, flatbreads $12.59-$7.59; entrees $22.59-$16.59; desserts $8.59 to $6.59.