The Brick House – Try a Local Favorite!

medium rare steakIn our previous blogs, we delved into some pretty deep discussions about dental health and dental implants. I began this blog with the intention of promoting community engagement. Our community, like most, is shaped by the local businesses that help it thrive. This is Dr. Fred Puccio and over the next few blogs, we’re going to change topics to talk about the local businesses that color Wyckoff. Do you like steak? Me too. Today, I want to talk about a local steak and cigar house, The Brick House.

I’ll admit that if you’re on a budget, this probably shouldn’t be your first choice for a steak. I’d reserve the Brick House for special occasion dates and business dinners. This is definitely not the sort of place that you would wear t-shirts and jeans. If you’re looking for an upscale, classy place to get dinner, the Brick House is the place to go in Wyckoff. You might’ve heard about The Brick House already, since it opened in Wyckoff in 1997. One of the qualities that makes this restaurant exquisite is that it’s located in a gorgeous Federal Greek Revival Farmhouse that dates back to 1851.

When you walk into the dining area, it’s like walking back in time into an upscale old-timey lounge. The dining room is beautifully finished with polished wood, dark furniture, and a large fireplace for a cozy ambiance. The entire atmosphere evokes luxury. The wait staff is cordial and knowledgeable. My friends and I went to the Brick House on a weekday evening, so it wasn’t super crowded or loud. From the moment we walked through the door, they greeted us with happy faces and seemed genuinely content about serving us. While the atmosphere at the Brick House is great, what really makes the Brick House shine is their food.

We came to the Brick House for the steaks, so we glazed over the other menu items, even though they all sounded delicious. I got the Filet Mignon with a side of steamed broccoli and sautéed mushrooms, which came with a Caesar salad. The salad came to the table first, and it was fresh and delicious. The lettuce was crisp, the croutons were crunchy, and the dressing didn’t overpower the freshness.

I ordered my Filet Mignon medium rare, and it was still hot when it arrived at my table. As my knife easefully sliced through the tender steak, juices dripped out onto my plate and revealed a perfectly pink center. I knew right away that this was going to be a good steak. The more bites I had the better the steak became. It was succulent and flavorful. The crispy exterior perfectly offset the juicy center. The broccoli and sautéed mushrooms were just an added bonus.

We decided to cap our meal off with some carrot cake and coffee. It was the right about of sweetness to counterbalance the savory goodness that we’d just eaten. All in all, the portions were perfect. I was satisfied after my meal, but not uncomfortably stuffed. Everybody at my table agreed that this was a memorable dining experience. If you live in Wyckoff and haven’t made your way to the Brick House, I highly recommend it.

Stay tuned into my blog to learn more about the great local businesses that make our town dynamic.