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Published November 26th 2014
NY Cafe Society on O'Connell Street
Bowery Lane is one of the newest chic restaurants in Sydney CBD. It is located on O'Connell St in the financial banking district.

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Get ready for a Ninja Crab Burger


As the name suggests, there is an industrial New York chic feel to this casual eatery.

The interior looks dark and swanky. It features large black communal tables, small charming booths and low-hanging light fixtures.

Bowery Lane, Bar, Dinner, Cafe, Restaurant, Crab, Hamburger, Tuna, GMV, Lunch, Sydney, CBD
Swanky interior setting


Tonight, we were shown to an intimate booth with very upright seats.



The food menu is designed to be shared around.

We started with a light entree which consisted of two adorable sliders of rarely seared tuna. I liked the thickly-cut tuna slices and they were served with pickled cucumber and guacamole. It was a delightful dish to have, however, I found this entree dish lacked that NY sophistication I was looking for.

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Seared Tuna Sliders


The soft shell crab burger was something my friend eyed for a while. It was an impressive burger when it arrived. A whole deep fried soft shell crab in golden batter and the largish brioche bun could not tame the tempura crab legs.

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The Tempura Soft Shell Crab Burger


When it was served, we laughed at the chef's creative interpretation of this dish. It looked more like a little ninja burger trying to defend itself from being devoured by us.

This tempura soft shell crab burger was definitely not for the faint-hearted. The battered soft shell crab rested comfortably inside of the soft sweet brioche bun. It was generously topped with crunchy Asian slaw and coriander. We could definitely see the Japanese influences and flavoring in this dish.



A bowl of miso mayonnaise was served by its side. The tangy miso tartare sauce complemented the soft shell crab well. However, it was messy to eat or dip, it would have been better to include the miso mayo inside the bun as my slaw salad fell everywhere and it was a bit unsightly.



Personally, while I thought it was an impressive-looking burger, it lacked a bold distinctive flavour that would allow Bowery Lane to hail it as exclusive.

Overall we were quite impressed with the pricing and quality of the servings. Perhaps next time. we will come with a big group of friends to try all the other dishes.
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Why? Corporate Style Cafe & NY Inspired Food
When: 7am - 10pm
Phone: (02) 9252 8017
Where: 1 O'Connell St, Sydney 2000
Cost: $30 pp
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The crab burger looks like a monster from the deep!
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