What's the skinny on Coco Roco these days?
- Peter Cherches Apr 11, 2006 12:28 PM
I used to go a lot, but I haven't been there in a while. I was planning a dinner there in a couple of weeks with friends before a show at Barbes, but recent reviews on Citysearch (the last year or so) are uniformly negative. Has the place gone downhill?
I second the comment about slow service. Also, don't go if you have your heart set on a specific dish- even after you order, your chances of getting it are slim sometimes.
Bottom line- don't go.
I have gone to the Coco Roco on Smith Street a few times, and I will NEVER go again. The service is extremely slow. The food is substandard. It smells pretty bad and the floors are always greasy. The clincher: tonight I ordered a baked sweet potato to go. I noticed that there was some hubbub in the kitchen when the manager went to check on my order, but when it was finally "ready" he put the container in the bag and handed it to me. When I got home and opened it, there was a lump of what I assume were mashed sweet potato leftovers, and, get this, THEY WERE SCULPTED INTO THE SHAPE OF A SWEET POTATO. Without the skin. I mean, COME ON!
It used to be good (if my memory serves me right--they used to have this cerviche that I loved), but I went early their year and the food was practically inedible. Everything was super starchy, at the wrong temp, over/undercooked. Music was too loud, service was slow. Just bad overall.
I too have had a subpar experience eating at Coco Roco (Park Slope.) However, what I find funny is that I have had their food at street fairs several times and always found it good, especially the ceviche. maybe they should just stick to catering!