We intended to check out the new French restaurant “Bliss 46″, which I thought had opened already, but apparently not. They looked like they were almost ready to open, but not quite yet. So as an alternative we walked over to the corner of Skillman and 46th streets (the old location of Bliss Bistro), where the new Irish gastropub Dog and Duck now makes its home.
The outside makes a striking appearance at night,with the black walls lit up by bright white lights. Supposedly there will be a back courtyard area (like Bliss Bistro had) but at this time of your it was all indoor seating. This was the first time in my Sunnyside dining experience that we had to wait for a table! The place was packed; we waited close to a half an hour.
Luckily there is a full bar at the pub, so at least we weren’t thirsty during our wait. Beers are a standard $5-$6. You can sit at the bar, or at a little countertop area right across from it.
This shrimp appetizer ($9) may be a little small for its price, but it was really good.Even the shredded lettuce was good and fresh. It’s also rare to see these tiny shrimp in the US, so that was a pleasant surprise.
The duck confit ($17) was really well worth it. It came with a delicious sauce, potatoes, and some very tasty mushrooms on the side. The portion size was just right, and the bone was easy to eat off of. Have I had better duck before? Sure, but for twice the price and half the portion at fancy Manhattan restaurants.
The scallops entree ($15) comes with a half dozen of them smothered in a cheese sauce. There are also some potatoes in there, so not every chunk you see is a scallop. They were definitely good, but not as great as the ones at Salt & Fat.