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Jan 20, 2014 11:23 AM

Peekskill Pub Food - The Branding Iron

Tried for the first time over the weekend. Don't let the crowded bar as you walk in deter you, there's quiet seating in the back. Great selection of burgers and pub food, service was wonderful and the food very good. We had the blooming onion, which had a nice sauce but was a little soggy and pulled pork tostados which were good. The star of the shoe were the burgers, served on a delicious, warm bun which tasted and looked homemade. the burger itself was generous, charred on the outside, perfectly cooked in the middle, served with hand cut fries. All the orders coming out of the kitchen looked good,: fish and chips, kids grilled cheese, prime rib...we'll definitely be back.

It's a fun place, give them a try!

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  1. How's it compare to Quiet Man and Peekskill Brewery?

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    1. re: weedy

      based on one visit to each place:
      branding iron - great service, new american pub fare, fun menu
      quiet man - great atmosphere, middling service, traditional irish fare.

      toss up on which has better food. haven' t been to the brewery yet.

    2. sounds nice! And very close to me.

      1. I guess my view is they are all essentially glorified burger and martini places.
        not that there's anything wrong with that.

        I'd have to add Firehouse Grill and Birdsall to that list as well in the area

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        1. re: weedy

          agreed, though I'm not a fan of Birdsall food...think they try too hard and end up with dishes that don't work and are somewhat overpriced. Point in case, their burger, which to my palate tastes like meat loaf with too much pepper. I think Gleasons is solidly overpriced.

          haven't been to firehouse, been meaning to get there. you should try the taven @croton landing for brunch.

          1. re: vinouspleasure

            I love Birdsall House but I agree on some dishes being overpriced, especially because it is looking pretty rundown inside. I get the old fashioned vibe but they really need to fix it up a little inside so it's a bit more attractive to match the prices of their entrees, some of which are in the high $20s.

            I had such a horrendous experience at Gleasons a few months ago (after many pleasant ones) that I am terrified to go back. It was a sh-t show where basically our entire meal ended up being comped. I have no desire to go back. They do have a great happy hour though.

            1. re: vinouspleasure

              I heard they bake their burgers, which sounds like meatloaf to me

              1. re: eattwatsmilealot

                Have you actually eaten one? Did it taste like meatloaf? What do you mean "you heard"?

                1. re: Elisa515

                  I have eaten the burger. I didn't think meatloaf when I had it, but it makes sense now. I thought it was unremarkable and maybe boring. The I heard was from someone that worked there.

          2. I completely agree about Birdsall... it purports to be a lot more foodie than it delivers.
            I've been particularly disappointed in their bland attempts at charcuterie.

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            1. re: weedy

              me too! think Pour Wine Bar in mt. kisco does a nice job with this.

            2. a quick update on the Branding Iron, the food seems to have gone downhill, we've taken it out of the rotation of burger joints.

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              1. re: vinouspleasure

                Vinous.... Try out Redline Saloon on Albany Post in Cortlandt...I went there last week on a whim, It's a total hole in the wall, it looks like a knights of columbus hall on the inside with folding chairs and everything lol theres no beer taps, only bottles and a keg lol....HOWEVER....the food is great, the burger was among the best I have had in the area, the wings were clearly fresh and great sauce....and staff seems great- You have been warned about the atmosphere but go enjoy the food

                1. re: ryanallday

                  wow! tried it with my son yesterday, now *that* is a chowhound find. The wings were very good but the burgers were amazing! My son had the saddlebag burger: 1/2 pounder with egg, cheese, hash browns and bacon. I had the saloon burger: bacon, fried onions and gorgonzola.

                  Unfortunately, the decor is a little rough for my wife
                  but my son is up for another visit and I can probably convince the other kids. Thanks for great, great recommendation. You might want to start a separate thread.