Jacob’s Pickles is just mouthwatering period. Not only is the menu enticing from the words but as you enter, you are immediately overwhelmed with smells of homemade biscuits and incredible looking pancakes with maple syrup. The first room is a happening brunch party filled with locals curing their weekend hangovers with Sausage Egg & Cheese Biscuit Sandwiches smothered in gravy. The back room is brighter with natural light pouring in through the windows, cozy brick walls and even a fireplace (non-working though) that makes you feel like you are in a log cabin in Colorado. It has that apre-ski feeling and is very chill. You wont really find any tourists here and due to its Upper West Side location, there are obviously a lot of families and cute kiddos.
Yes, the biscuits and pickles live up to everything you would expect. The biscuit is enormous and you should order a couple things and share so you can try every which way to enjoy this mound of bread. The simple Egg & Cheese Biscuit sandwich is ideal and hits the spot. It’s covered in cheese, and the biscuit is light and fluffy. It tastes like home and is nothing fancy – just a legit biscuit. Beware, the Salmon Platter is huge so you must share this or take it home for dinner. The salmon is house smoked and it does not go unnoticed. It’s tender, flavorful and delicious. However, you don’t even need the biscuits with this as the thick bread doesn’t pair that well with it and hides the salmon. Instead, ask for a side of the homemade jam to slather on the biscuit which is super sweet, in a good way, and tastes like candy. The Banana Pancakes which are made with fluffy biscuits and caramelized bananas definitely look like winners and something I need to go back to try. Also while it may not sound too exciting, the side of Fresh Cut Fruit comes in a silver metal mixing bowl and is the most generous and impressive side of fruit I’ve seen in this city. It’s almost never ending and composed of Strawberries, Cantaloupe, Grapes, Oranges, etc.
Jacob’s Pickles is absolutely perfect for big groups and even birthday dinners that wont break the bank with entrees coming in under $20. The long wooden tables in the back make it very accommodating for a lot of people. This place feels like it should be in Brooklyn and the music is also awesome with some sounds of Red Hot Chili Peppers. P.S. They also have beer flights, oh, and you can add bacon to it.