Back Forty West

Back Forty West

(Now Closed)
American Restaurant and Burger Joint$$$$
SoHo, New York
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  • Jesse L.
    Jesse LaneMay 19, 2016
    Grab a table upstairs. Duck tacos were small but delicious.
  • Kushal B.
    Kushal BereraOctober 12, 2014
    Nothing really. But if you do accidentally stop by this place. Never have the fried chicken with waffle. The waffle is better than the chicken.
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    jake furstMarch 1, 2012
    the pulled pork sammy was tres magnifique. get a side of acorn squash tempura instead of your standard fried potato.
  • Matthew A.heart icon on user image
    Matthew AndersonMarch 2, 2013
    The burger is consistently worthy of praise. Especially if its got cheese and bacon on it. And a salad.
  • Ray L.
    Ray LinApril 3, 2014
    Great rustic spot for warm weather brunch. The fried poached egg sandwich. Yeah. Uh, YEAH.
  • Amanda G.
    Amanda GilmoreJuly 24, 2013
    The ketchup is delicious and the Watermelon Gazpacho is totally refreshing!
  • Kelsey L.
    Kelsey LeeJune 25, 2014
    Cute little spot, but don't miss out on the fried poached egg - definitely the star of the menu.
  • Mel
    MelDecember 4, 2012
    The fava bean hummus is amazing! And check out the adorable bathroom upstairs!
  • Elger v.heart icon on user image
    Elger van der WelFebruary 27, 2015
    Really good pulled pork and lemonade! You should probably wait for a table a few minutes.
  • Brianna K.
    Brianna KlemmAugust 21, 2012
    The kale salad has amazing anchovies and chick peas but the kale is a bit wilt-y and sad
  • Rob P.
    Rob PanosMarch 30, 2012
    This was my first time here, by suggestion of a friend who is a reg. I tried the beans, they arrived steamy, great aroma. Needs more meat.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SpagnoloJanuary 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Gotta get the hibiscus tea. Amazingly delicious and worth $4.25 (really!)
  • Leah W.
    Leah Watkins-HallJune 15, 2013
    Great conversation o be had at the bar and get the beet salad
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    AriJanuary 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    the chicken and waffles are very good
  • Felicia S.
    Felicia SullivanMarch 31, 2013
    I've been here scores of times and while the food is stellar (cheeseburgers, the duck, kale salad and Brussels sprouts are standouts), the service is abysmally slow and on occasion, unfriendly.
  • Leland S.
    Leland SApril 3, 2012
    Truly lame fries. Bottom of the basket, mostly scraps and burnt ends. Hardly an appropriate side for an $18 oyster roll. Nice room, at least.
  • Rob P.
    Rob PanosMarch 30, 2012
    Loved the riesling, great overall place to have a snack and cocktail.... A!
  • Matthew K.heart icon on user image
    Matthew KamenDecember 26, 2015
    Don't be ashamed, get the burger.
  • Peter L.heart icon on user image
    Peter LindbergAugust 19, 2014
    Disappointing! Red snapper too heavily spiced/overlooked, poorly scaled; weird combo w/ spicy lentils & (chewy) kale. Potato gnocchi & eggplant was bland, but heirloom tomatoes were tasty. Great beer.
  • Katherine C.
    Katherine CorsonDecember 9, 2012
    Definitely get the red flannel hash! It was absolutely delicious.
  • Nina Y.
    Nina YiamsamathaMay 23, 2012
    The rose lemonade is refreshing (and comes in a cool bottle)!
  • Taylor
    TaylorMarch 19, 2012
    Pulled pork sandwhich is good; not too much sauce, solid taste. Add the rosemary fries.
  • Thalith N.
    Thalith NasirMay 23, 2014
    Get the wings! They'll full you up pretty quick!
  • Briana B.
    Briana BoydMarch 11, 2013
    Pretty pricey for the portions. The apple dessert was eh and the creme brûlée was pretty bad but maybe it was an off night. On the plus side, the burger on the table next to mine looked pretty rad
  • Benjamin P.
    Benjamin PalmerJuly 7, 2012
    poached egg with celery brunch sandwich! so amazing
  • David H.
    David HuJanuary 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit by the fireplace in the winter. Be warm.
  • Food Republic
    Food RepublicJune 4, 2012
    It goes without saying, but the pork jowl nuggets are little chunks of deep-fried heaven.
  • Hadley H.
    Hadley HarrisMarch 25, 2012
    Brunch is excellent. Get the biscuits and gravy. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Cole K.heart icon on user image
    Cole KennedyMarch 4, 2015
    The burger is a tad bit expensive for what it is (though it is a solid burger; $18 just feels excessive for an average cheeseburger).
  • Ilona L.heart icon on user image
    Ilona LalovaJuly 27, 2013
    Sit on the second floor and get the lobster (fridays and saturdays only)
  • Troels N.
    Troels NielsenJune 20, 2012
    Good place with great service and great food. Softshell crab roll is a must
  • W K.
    W KMarch 18, 2012
    Get the 20oz pork ribs for two. Seriously. Don't think twice--just order it!!
  • Lindsay R.
    Lindsay RodmanMarch 19, 2012
    The cheddar rarebit on beer bread is amazing - a must get!
  • Alex P.
    Alex PegzFebruary 3, 2013
    Good restaurant. Chicken & Waffle is a very good dishes
  • Dan G.
    Dan GeigerApril 5, 2013
    They got rid of the pulled pork sandwich. They replaced it with a pork belly sandwich. Basically, they mean nothing to me anymore.
  • Serena Q.
    Serena QiuApril 2, 2012
    They have lovely secluded bar seats in the back. And their salads are huge.
  • Joseph F.
    Joseph FisherJune 5, 2014
    Used to love this place so j brought two newbies with me to dinner last night. Service was awful, vibe was boring, food was 2 out of 5 stars. Lacks all the reasons I had been going there for years.
  • Victoria W.
    Victoria WenzelFebruary 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Had the poached egg open-faced Sammy. So glad I stopped by!
  • Sutian D.
    Sutian DongApril 19, 2012
    It's a good thing that they don't have maximum occupancy rates for restrooms because their upstairs one fits about half a person.
  • David G.heart icon on user image
    David GreenbergerFebruary 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Good sit-down coffee spot, bad eating-lunch-if-you're-paying spot
  • ST K.heart icon on user image
    ST KingFebruary 5, 2016
    The burgers here are very good, try one and get a basket of fries for the table.
  • Lauren T.
    Lauren TkachAugust 3, 2013
    Don't get the peach cobbler. The cobbler-part tasted like bacon :-/ otherwise, the rest of the food was great!
  • Brad W.
    Brad WilliamsJanuary 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The Pork Pie Hat is like drinking apple pie
  • Alejandro B.
    Alejandro BejaranoDecember 30, 2012
    Ask for the Pulled Pork Sammy. Just great!
  • Cooper S.heart icon on user image
    Cooper SmithJanuary 17, 2014
    Chicken and waffles are pretty good. Nothing special though.
  • Blake S.heart icon on user image
    Blake ShawApril 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the crispy poached egg for brunch. Delicious!
  • Arden R.
    Arden RBNovember 10, 2012
    I had this poached egg sandwich, and it was good, but it was also TINY! Like, maybe three large bites. For $12, I felt ripped off.
  • Dr Profressor Food Destroyer V.
    Incredibly insignificant food. After I eat here I'm going all the way to the Breslin for something to eat.
  • Cynthia W.heart icon on user image
    Cynthia WeiAugust 19, 2015
    Kale salad and trout on toast the best.
  • Ryan B.heart icon on user image
    Ryan BlairAugust 6, 2014
    Their English muffins are . . . unorthodox . . . but in a good way.
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