Blue Moon Cafe in Bronxville
We went to Blue Moon on New Years after viewing a nice princess movie with the kids at the Bronxville theater. We have been there about 3-4 times in the past 6 years, knowing not to expect much, but being in a very kid-friendly restaurant...
Well, it did not meet my already VERY low expectations. The place was filthy (not that many patrons around, but the bathroom still dirty, and the rug in dyre need of a vacuuming). My $10 margarita was tepid, and tasted like a bad mix, and worst of all, the food... everything tasted like a chicken nuggets wrapped in a fried tortilla.
Not only the food was horrendous, but it was also expensive. $10 margarita, $8 side of guacamole the size of a pea. Our meal basically consisted of $40 worth of chips and salsa.
My resolution for 2008 is to never set a foot in there again, even out of desperation.
My husband and I would have to concur with your opinion, at least regarding the food. We went to the new Hastings location for lunch this week. The chips, held in a huge plastic Tupperware type tub near our table, were tasteless and thick. The salsa was nothing more than pureed canned tomatoes with a little diced white onion. No seasoning, no cilantro, just totally boring. I had the Ensalada El Paso (nixing the probably canned pineapple rings on top), which had small cubes of cold chicken that had been tossed in barbecue sauce, lending an unpleasant slipperiness to the dish. The smoked gouda was almost non existent, and the corn and black beans were definitely canned. No zip in the chipolte ranch dressing. My husband's fajita steak sandwich with fries was more successul, but not enough to draw us back. The only positive was that our sodas were quickly and efficiently replaced when needed, at no additional charge. Service was friendly and attentive, but since only 3 other tables were occupied, have no idea how they would do if the place was packed. All in all, a disappointment. California Pizza Kitchen is a chain that does a much better salad, and in terms of chain Mexican, I'd hit Chevy's in the Palisades Mall before driving to Hastings again. We used to enjoy Little Mexican Cafe in New Rochelle, but it seems to have changed ownership and was not as good the last couple times we went. Also have had uneven food at Que Chula es Puebla in Sleepy Hollow. Would not recommend Santa Fe in Tarrytown (except for the margaritas), Guadalajara (Ossining) or Sunset Grille (White Plains). Guess we'll have to head north to Port Chester......
This is all very sad. I am quite fond of Blue Moon's Fiesta Salad - I love the lime marinated chicken in the salad, and the dressing is wonderful. Anytime I go there, I have to take out a portion of their Full Moon Chili for my husband. I actually haven't been there in maybe a year, but it is sad that you found it wanting.
I used to go to the one on the Upper East side which was maybe ok, but we usually went for the chips/salsa and sangria. Plus the fact that they had outdoor seating, when you you live in a tiny Mnahattan apt will always be a draw. Since moving to Bronxville over a year ago, we have only been to this location once and that was enough. The salads are decent, as long as you get the dressing on the side but I would never consider them a place for "good" (or authentic) Mexican. They're practically a chain and the quality of the food reflects that.
interesting.......my g'friend uses them all the time for business lunches and raves about them.......she says the food is consistently fresh, delivered on time and the staff is always curteous.......and she says that her clients are always impressed.........your experience and hers are like night and day................too bad you had such a horrible experience......