Berkley Bar & Grill
- Irene Takamizu
Saturday night. An empty room. A group of four (us) sitting at a banquette in the center of the room. Only two tables for two, around the edge of the room, are filled. Noisy party of 7 are then seated on one side of us. Party of six seated on other side. The rest of the restaurant is still empty. And freezing. We ask to have the air conditioning lowered.
Appetisers are all over $10, even the salad. Entrees start at $22. A yummy sounding special of veal filet mignon is presented to us without a price so I ask, it's $40. My entree of Loup de Mer, $24, is so small that there seems to be less than 4 oz. of fish. I have a good eye for weight, since I'm dieting. After I remove the skin, there's @ 3 oz.
All the entrees, but 2, have mushrooms. One friend is allergic. One entree left is duck, the other is halibut. She has the halibut.
Desserts are also a disappointment. The Chocalate Peanut Butter Pyramid is delicious but tiny. The Banana Tart has a ricotta cheese layer that is dry and granular. The Creme Brulee Ice Cream Cannolis are good.
We are used to going out and paying the prices in Manhattan. Normally it's fun. But this restaurant was a big disappointment.