Dining at City Hall on Duane. Any suggestions?
I'm attending a B-day gathering at City Hall. I was
hoping to get a little foreshadowing of what to
expect. Thanks! Len
I just organzied a party for work in their downstairs
room (I think it's called The Vault). I don't know if
you'll be downstairs but if you are it's fabulous!!
The food is pretty good. The most impressive part of
our dinner was the towering seafood platter.
Lobster,clams,scallops, huge shrimp, stone crab, king
crab legs, mussels, escargot, etc all piled high on a
three tiered platter. It was amazing. The soups were
tasty and the main dishes (delmonico steak, chicken,
salmon and a veggie course) were also yummy.
I wouldn't give it rave reviews based on it's food
alone, but I loved the atmosphere! I'd go back in a
Got to tell you, I was really disappointed. Went
early on a Saturday evening for a friend's B-day, and
while the space is indeed interesting, the food was
The first sirloin, ordered black & blue, was sent back
after arriving brown & browner. OK, every kitchen
misses sometimes - the second try arrived perfectly
cooked, but for a restaurant that claims to dry age
its beef, its flavor was flat and insipid, with none
of that mineral-sweet, slightly funky flavor I'v come
to expect in real dry aged beef. Oily smashed spuds,
and gratingly oversalted beet greens did nothing to
redeem the repast. A companion's meagerly portioned
swordfish steak was served overdone.
Personally, there are sooo many other places worth
dropping the cash on that I just can't see stopping in
on this place again.
Gustaf the bartender (Downstairs) makes a hell of a
Manhattan though - so maybe have a drink and enjoy
looking up at the underbelly of Duane Street's