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Has anyone any comments on MacMenamin's Grill in New Rochelle? I tried doing a search and found nothing. I'm told the place opened earlier in the year. Some friends in Rye have suggested my wife and I go there for dinner with them on our next visit to Westchester. What can I expect? What should I order? Thanks.

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  1. i'VE BEEN THERE TWICE. THE FOOD IS OK, NOT GREAT BEST TO STICK WITH FISH THE PHYSICAL SETTING IS EXCITING AND INTERESTING AND THEY HAVE ALL SORTS OF OTHER THINGS BESIDES THE RESTAURANT I.E. COOKING CLASSES AND EVENTS, A STORE, A COFFEE BAR, ETC. THE SERVICE WAS A LITTLE SLOW I WOULD TRY IT FOR LUNCH FIRST AS THE PRICES ARE LOWER AND SEE WHAT YOU THINK IT IS A FUN EXPERIENCE-ESPECIALLY WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE

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    1. re: gaw

      I have been there once for lunch and would definitely go back - i'm hoping someone i know has a big party there and invites me as it seems like it would be the perfect venue for a fun time! The lunch was good - it was a buffet - with enough choices to please most tastes - save room for the desserts. Would like to go back for dinner, starting with a drink at the bar - seems very inviting.

      1. re: pamela

        I ate dinner there last year..Service was poor. I sent back my steak because it was overcooked. Took an hour to get a replacement...by then my group had finished dinner. Overpriced!

        1. re: Margie

          This place is very mediocre.
          I often go here for business because it's a nice experience for people who haven't been before, but the food seriously lacks lustre.

      2. re: gaw
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        Leonard Bearfing

        HB you old so and so -

        I've been to MacMenamin's Grill and found it to be a great experience. If you go during the week for dinner, the service is generally top notch. The view of I-95 is a bit cementy, but the ambiance makes up for it. Enjoy.

        Leonard

      3. I know this won't help answer your questions, but does anyone know if this is the same McMenamin family that has a vineyard in Oregon, with a lovely B&B (that has a brewery, great restaurant, etc) called McMenamin's Edgefield, right outside of Portland, OR?

        Just curious.

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        1. re: Lisa M

          I doubt it is the same family that has the Oregon vineyard. It is more likely the family that has the MacMenamin's restaurant in South Street Seaport.

          1. re: Deven Black

            It is not the family from oregon. The family ownes the Oyster House in Larchmont, and his father ownes the place it the seaport.

        2. MY HUSBAND & I HAVE BEEN THERE VARIOUS TIMES. THE FOOD IS OK AND THE SERVICE IS SPOTTY. THE PHYSICAL SETTING IS FUN AND EXCITING--SEEMS IT COST QUITE A BIT TO PUT IT TOGETHER. THERE IS A COOKING SCHOOL THERE TOO WHICH SEEMS LIKE FUN. IT'S ALL IN ALL WORTH A TRY AS IT IS AN AMBITIOUS UNDERTAKING, BUT THERE ARE BETTER PLACES AROUND THAT ARE IN MUCH NICER LOCATIONS. GO WITH A BIG GROUP AND BRING YOUR EARPLUGS.

          ALSO, THIS OWNER ALSO OWNS THE LARCHMONT OYSTER HOUSE AND HIS FAMILY HAD SOME TYPE OF SEAFOOD ESTABLISHMENT IN NANTUCKET. NICE PEOPLE.

          1. had brunch there today, it was the worst brunch we have had in a long long time...food was stale, flat, unattractive, tasteless, no thought, service extremely poor..and for $100 for 2 , this place is a dump..avoid at all costs

            1. I have been there a few times for dinner and the food is not impressive. I had very high hopes the first time and even gave it another shot but I wont go back. For the price, the food and service really needs to be kicked up a couple of notches.

              1. I have been there for a cooking class and had a great time, but the restaurant clearly has management issues and I have had heard numerous horror stories. My own is that I booked a reservation there for my first wedding anniversary and had a whole elaborate plan to surprise my wife. I booked the reservation 2 weeks ahead via Open Table and got a confirmation. An hour before we were to be there, I got a call from someone saying that they just happened to be there and just happened to check the reservation book...and they were calling to let me know that they actually weren't open that night.

                Needless to say, I had to do a great deal of scrambling to change up our plan. I wrote a very detailed letter to the management about how they nearly ruined my anniversary and never got a response. I called to follow up and no one returned my call. It's too bad, really, since I will never go back there again despite the fun I had in the cooking class.

                1. Another case of very different experiences. I've not gone to brunch there but have been to several wine dinners and regular dinners there and have yet to have a bad meal. The management does have some issues but I've generally had very good service and very good food. I really like the space and the menu. We've taken friends there as well and have other friends, very particular, who count it among their favorites. everyone greatly enjoyed.

                  1. What is meant by - the management has issues?

                    1. I have been to McMenamin's several times and find it to be a decent restaurant. Regarding the "management issues" I know what craiger1ny is talking about. I called a few tomes for info and reservations only to be put on hold a few times and returned with inacurate information like to tell me they were open on mondays in mid January when they weren't and to not have my reservation not be in the book when got there, but they were very accomidating to me and got me seated immediately. Aside from a few mishaps i still think it is a very decent restaurant. I think in general Westchester restaurants for the most part have some sort of management issues, but it has improved immensley over the years.

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                      1. re: sausagekingofny

                        I have not been there to eat but just recently called to find out some information on having a rehearsal brunch there. I was pleased with how quickly they returned my call -- and actually kept calling during our game of telephone tag. I am concerned with the negative feedback of the place now that I've read all the reviews here. Its for my sister's rehearsal and I know she'd be really bummed if it turned out badly. does anyone suggest another place in westchester that would be a good alternative for a brunch for about 35 people?

                        1. re: bridesmaid1

                          good luck with another place whatever you do DO NOT got to MacMenamin's Grill in New Rochelle

                      2. I went to MacMenamin's Grill on Sat evening (Dec 1, 2007) and had a very mixed experience. I had changed my reservation early that day, but the Host did not have the updated information and proceeded to tell me I would have a 30 minute wait, which turned out to be one hour. The waitstaff was very overextended as several private parties were going on at the same time.

                        The waiter did not show up at our table for 15 minutes, so I had to chase down the Host to find someone. A young apologetic waitress appeared on the scene and continued to botch up the order. Salads were brought before the shellfish, the entree came out while we were eating the appetizers - there was no manager watching the disorder. The Host never come back to check on us or any of the other tables that were complaining.

                        The food, though, was very good. But, it is not certainly worth the experieince if the Restaurant hires a bunch of amateur servers, they also need a very experienced manager on the floor.

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                        1. re: Rich M

                          The three times we have been, the food was o.k. at best. I gave the steak dish three tries and it was never prepared properly -- not sure of the exact cut. I THINK it may have been a porter, not sure, but remember never liking it, which is sad to say, but typical of most Westchester restaurants that rarely get steak right (no pun intended)

                          I don't remember the service, because to be honest, I can deal with crappy service as long as the food is worth it -- and truth be told, it wasn't. I really wanted to enjoy our experiences there, however.

                        2. If only I had read what the other Chowhounder's had said before attempting to go there for brunch today...

                          Having seen the place numerous times from I-95 while traveling to my girlfriend's parent's house, we decided to drop in for a quick drink and a bite to eat after running an errand up that way. The Valet parking for the parking lot should've been our first clue to avoid, but where we turned tail was when we asked the hostess if we could have lunch, and she said "Oh yes, we're serving brunch". When we asked if it was prix fixe she said, "Yes, it's brunch." So we finally asked "How much is brunch?" - and she said that it's $40 per person.

                          I'm pretty sure I laughed out loud, and we just left.

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                          1. re: NYEpicuriosity

                            the food at this place is horrible, service just as bad, im surprised theyre still in biz

                          2. A good source told me that most of the bussniess has been "sold" or something of that matter to Jimmy Rodriguez, yes the "guy from jimmys" and the old "owner/frontman" of Sofrito. I guess he got some money from them and brought it over to MacMenamins. Give it a month by the middle of Jan. the name will change, food will be the diffrent, call it Sofrito 2. Go there after you read this and see for yourself and lemme know what you think.

                            Here is some NOT SO GOOD reviews about Sofrito and jimmy for that matter!. Here's one from "Time-Out NY"

                            "Brenda Gregory Tue, Nov 25, at 07:46am

                            Is this the same Jimmy from Jimmys bronx Cafe? He is so full of it. He tried to use one of his friends, to pick me and my girlfriends up. They are both disgusting looking. They sent over sangrias and talked about his mansion and boat and all the stuff we could have. Some girls would love this but Lucas and Jimmy are just so into themselves. Im so glad they are out of Sofrito. Its a much better place without those two idiots shouting at each other as if they were boyfrind and girlfriend."

                            Read More http://www.timeout.com/newyork/restau...

                            Nuff Said.....