The Mason Jar
43 East 30th St (Park/Madison), Murray Hill

The Mason Jar oozes comfort, especially in a young, male kinda way. It’s a sports bar combined with a Southern/BBQ joint, but pulls it off without being the least bit obnoxious. Don’t think Brother Jimmy’s, think of a wood-paneled restaurant with really good comfort classics, a great mature beer list, a large bar, and plenty of tv’s. We arrived during a rowdy after work Thursday bar crowd, but sat at a wooden booth in the back, and had a great, relaxing dinner. The menu is like a comfort food greatest hits selection: mac & cheese, wings, chicken pot pie, pulled pork, beer can chicken. We shared the Chicken Fried Steak over mashed potatoes and green beans ($19) and the Pretzel Burger ($13): Pretzel roll with bacon, jalapeno beer mustard, lettuce, tomato & American cheese. I preferred the burger, and Spud the steak, but that could be due to what each of us ate first, because both were delicious. The steak was thick, yet extremely tender and the coating soft and melty. The burger had a huge shot of flavor with the smokey bacon, grilled beef, spicy beer mustard, and cheese, which would have been overwhelming, but the ingenious pretzel roll acted as an umbrella, encased all the flavors, and delivered a fantastic burger. I hope everything on the menu is as great as our selections.

The Mason Jar isn’t cheap eats, but it is pure fun for a couple or group of friends. Men will love this place, and women, if they enjoy quality comfort food, will be just as satisfied.