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Collins and Main Sayville...suggestions?

kelvin8r Dec 21, 2007 10:41 AM

We're using our gift certificate from a devotee tonight. Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated. Not much info gleaned from chow-search, google, or Zagat. Anything worth gnawing on here?
Thanks and wish us luck!

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  1. coll RE: kelvin8r Dec 21, 2007 12:31 PM

    Never ate there, but they are connected with a bread company so I would think at least the bread would be stellar.

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      kelvin8r RE: coll Dec 21, 2007 01:03 PM

      Despite its 'staff of life' status-hopefully there's more to this place then good bread. It's a clue though, and at this point I'll take whatever I can get. Thanks!

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        coll RE: kelvin8r Dec 21, 2007 03:24 PM

        I'd love to hear your report! I've never heard anything, good or bad.

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          kelvin8r RE: coll Dec 22, 2007 08:33 AM

          Oh well, here goes...too much review on a minor dining spot-but for the record:

          App-2 deep fried crab cakes...greasy, gluey tasteless.
          Soup-Potato leek...very good.
          Entree 1-Filet mignon, mashed Potato, & Broccoli...beautiful piece of meat perfectly prepared in wretched bitter & downright strange sauce. Standard mashed, near raw veg.
          Entree 2-Sea Bass, Potato Dauphinoise, carrots...nut crusted beautiful small fillet in wretched bitter & downright strange sauce (!), mushy but tasty potato, raw garlic & crunchy carrot strips.

          Service-Downright strange (consistant pattern?) maitre d', with regulars getting overserved & "newbies" (us), ignored-typical I guess, but still annoying. No bread (the alleged highlight of the meal) until requested, after soup & app. Couldn't get check for way too long after request-for no apparent reason.

          Noise level-high-despite ultra-tacky sound absorbing drop-ceiling tiles.

          Bottom line...standard LI silly & overpriced non-destination nonentity with excellent quality provisions, properly prepared, poorly sauced, assembled and served. No surprises. Yuck factor: (for us) 7, on a scale of 1 to 10.
          -1 app, 1 soup, 2 entrees, 1 bottle San Pellegrino $97.00 + $18 over-tip.

          Disturbing Friday night fun-fact: Most tables filled, plus party room booked-the question is...why?

    2. Fred19 RE: kelvin8r Dec 21, 2007 03:31 PM

      We ate there a few years ago. It was pretentious. The service was poor, but that was a long time ago. I did feel it was expensive for ordinary food and no class.

      1. jenniebnyc RE: kelvin8r Dec 30, 2007 03:54 PM

        My parents went here for NYE dinner last year and said it was fair. I hear from friends it has gone way downhill. Sorry you had a bad meal. At least it was free or close to it.

        Don't know where you live, but have you tried the Lake House in Bay Shore? Our friends son is the chef here and comes from Vertias in NYC. It is a great place. Very memorable. Do check it out if in the area.


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          kelvin8r RE: jenniebnyc Jan 2, 2008 07:17 AM

          Thanks Jennie, You're correct-it wasn't a waste of $, just my time...Funny, the Lake House was one of 3 restaurants I was considering recently to "amuse-bouche" Collins & Maim out of my dining palate.
          Thanks to you, it's higher on my to-do list.

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            jenniebnyc RE: kelvin8r Jan 2, 2008 07:05 PM

            good to hear. report back!

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          stevekim RE: kelvin8r Jan 4, 2008 05:17 AM

          go directly to the lake house in bayshore top shelf, colloins & main is just average

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