Got Rattlesnake? Ellis Bar Does.

This Fifth Avenue spot brings a mixed bag of real Southwestern food to New York

The other disasters include a muddy-tasting, gummy catfish and a garbanzo-bean couscous that's swimming in water and in desperate need of salt. But it's funny that a restaurant capable of such problems is just as likely to serve you something excellent.

The homemade pepper jelly, an old Ellis-family recipe that shows up all over the menu, is sensational: Bright-red, quivering, sweet, and sharply hot, the jelly gets slathered on chicken wings, tops goat-cheese bruschetta, and even features in my new favorite dessert—a Nutella, pepper-jelly, and goat-cheese quesadilla.

Meatloaf covered with rich, salty black-bean gravy is hearty and bovine. And the thick, brick-red chipotle sauce that clings to grilled shrimp and moistens a chicken quesadilla is wonderful—all smoky, slow-burning heat and garlicky sweetness.

Jalapeño jelly and goat cheese on toast—and other Southwestern delicacies.
Joseph Pickard
Jalapeño jelly and goat cheese on toast—and other Southwestern delicacies.

Location Info


Ellis Bar

627 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Brooklyn


Ellis Bar
627 Fifth Avenue

Although a friend was subjected to a martini that inexplicably contained seltzer, the drinks are mainly worth ordering. The 25 cent shots of whisky are, as promised, not "bum juice," and the pineapple chile-rita tastes tropical, with the welcome edge of a red-chile burn.

As you stumble out of Ellis Bar, either very satisfied or disgruntled, depending on what you've ordered, you might notice the sign across the street immortalizing Aaron's. I move that it be changed to the moral of this story: Unless you can eat in Arizona, you're better off at Ellis Bar.

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