Last week I had the tasty pleasure of sampling a handful of food and drink menu items that Bounce Sporting Club has debuted for summer. On top of this trendy sports bar’s regular menu, which includes a selection of salads, flatbread pizzas, burgers, sliders, and beyond, Bounce has incorporated some fresh flavors to get your taste buds warmed up for summertime.
We kicked things off with a drink known as the Trophy Wife–Belvedere Grapefruit Vodka, ginger flavored liqueur, lemon juice, champagne, and grapefruit zest. The fruity flavors were light, the alcohol was strong, but it all blended nicely. This was paired with my first sampling of their fresh guacamole. This made-to-order mash up of avocado, Serrano chili, lime, onions, and cilantro was just right. It wasn’t blended to a total paste and the cilantro wasn’t overpowering–two of my guac pet peeves. Paired with zesty tortilla chips, this appetizer is a great way to kick off a summer meal.
A few other appetizers to pop up this summer include Cubano Quesadillas, Taco Bites, and Yellowfin Tuna Bites. The Cubano Quesadilla is an interesting twist on the Cuban Sandwich, combining the classic ingredients of ham, pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard between a whole wheat tortilla and adding some garlic aioli on the side. The Yellowfin Tuna Tempura Bites reminded me of something you munch on at a sushi restaurant–Yellowfin tuna rolled up with mango papaya salsa, avocado, Sriracha aioli, and mango puree. The fruit is a fantastic compliment to the tuna and the spice of the Sriracha. And finally, the Taco Bites were a delicious combo of grass-fed ground beef, sharp cheddar, sour cream and pickled red onions tucked in a mini hard shell taco. Adorable AND delectable.
Moving onto the main course–Bounce literally beefed up that portion of the menu with the addition of their French Dip Sliders. With oven-roasted beef on soft, miniature buns, you have the option of dipping in a traditional and creamy au jus or mixing it up with their wasabi sour cream–which was a little spicy, a little sweet, and a lot of mouthwatering. If you are looking for something of the classic comfort food persuasion, you will be pleased to encounter the Truffle Mac & Cheese. Without drowning the noodles in heavy cheese, this dish manages to nail a creamy, sharp flavor with perfect balance.
If your happy hour is focuses more on the liquor and less on the finger foods, then it should be known that Bounce makes their own banana infused Jameson. The sweetness of the banana takes the edge off the whiskey and can be sipped on with ease.
Bounce does have two locations, but if your sights are set on any of the above then be sure to head to the Flatiron location on West 21st (the other is on 2nd Ave) where you can indulge in all the Taco Bites and Truffle Mac & Cheese that you can stomach. Be sure to catch these items before summer is over and perhaps earlier in the week to properly digest your food baby before a weekend in an unforgiving bathing suit.
Bounce Sporting Club
55 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10010