Even though the New Year brings an expected rush of new and reactivated gym memberships, I promise I am not pushing another workout facility your way. But what I am recommending is a Montrose restaurant that boasts a chef driven menu, is inspired by a cuisine that is fit for the lover and connoisseur of upscale comfort food, offers an expansive “BACyard”, and has a cocktail program that is destined to turn you into a repeat customer. Brooklyn Athletic Club is the place for all things – including one unique experience.

The format of Brooklyn Athletic Club, or “BAC”, is comprised of two main concepts. Upon entrance into the BACyard, you will find both a bar (serving up beer and your typical cocktails) and a myriad of outdoor games; some I honestly have never had the opportunity to play. Put your skills to the test with a quick game of croquet, horseshoes, or bocce ball or jump into competition mode and go all out in a game of volleyball or badminton. It’s your choice.

If competitive sports are not really your cup of tea, take a seat (along with a cocktail from the outside bar, of course) at one of the fire pit stations and have just as much fun making your own s’mores and gazing at the beautiful people that fill this place especially starting in the Spring when the weather is pure perfection.

As you make your way to the restaurant, which is quite narrow in build, you’ll be met by a long bar which is perfect when dining solo or with a plus one. The bartenders are very knowledgeable and if you’re up for an adventure, just tell them what you enjoy and they will deliver. You will also find several tables lined along the right side of the restaurant that are perfect for a more private/intimate setting or for larger groups (located in the back).

The main menu may not change often but the daily specials on the blackboard change frequent enough to schedule reoccurring visits when you are in the mood for something different. However, my favorites like the “BAC Baked Mac N’ Cheese” that is prepared with hefty chunks of braised short ribs and topped with an herb bread crumb crust always makes the cut. If that doesn’t get your blood rushing then the cheese that is dripping down the sides of the ceramic-like serving dish most certainly will.

I can describe the “Sweet Potato Gnocchi” as little sweet bites of heaven covered in a rich sage and parley cream sauce then sprinkled with crispy leeks. The caramelized mushroom and apples are there just to further immerse you into its ideal balance of savory, salty and sweet. And last but not least, the BAC Meatballs are available on both the “Pappardelle and Meatballs” during dinner and the “BAC Meatball Sub” for lunch. Order one or both – you’ll be glad you did.

Oh yes, and don’t forget dessert…


Brooklyn Athletic Club
601 Richmond
Houston, TX 77006

Shanna Jones

Shanna is the co-founder and editor of Urban Swank. She focuses on food and travel.


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