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  • Chris E. Sep 16, 1999 03:24 PM
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I've avoided the Chat and Chew off Union Square since
having two sub-par meals there a couple years ago,
including some particularly weak fried chicken. I
ended up there last night, though, and again was
unimpressed with what strikes me as a mediocre-at-best
attempt at Middle American comfort food. The thing is,
it seems to be a perenially popular spot. Is it just
me? Anyone have good/bad words for this place?

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  1. The last time we went, our food was good value for
    money for a cheap and cheerful place. Not much more was
    expected. The macaroni and cheese was fresh, filling
    and tasty, and my partner's hamburger was pretty
    standard fare. What impressed us most, though, was the
    very friendly service. For instance, a waitress there
    kept topping up my chocolate milkshake. It certainly
    doesn't rate any worse than some of the ethnic-y and
    inexpensive eateries that have been highly touted on
    this website.

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    1. re: adrienne

      " It certainly doesn't rate any worse than some of the
      ethnic-y and inexpensive eateries that have been
      highly touted on this website."

      uhh ... which ethnic-y eateries are you referring to?

      1. re: Gary Cheong
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        Jessica Shatan

        Just to add my 2 cents: I also enjoy the mac-and-cheese, the fries, the brunch, the lunch. The word serviceable comes to mind.
        I think a place is popular when the price and ambience are somehow easy for a crowd to agree upon. (We can't always go out with other 'hounds' and that is why I have ended up there on occasion.)

    2. I've never had an outstanding nor an awful meal
      there. People from my office go because it's decent,
      not too expensive food and the menu's got something
      for everyone. Their fries and sandwiches and salads
      are all just fine. For my money, I more often end up
      at Old Town or the Heartland Brewery, which have a
      similarly casual atmosphere but feel more authentic
      (Old Town) or have more a more interesting selection
      (Heartland).