The old Grange Hall the new 'Commerce'
I loved the old Grange Hall and was wondering if anyone had any specific details about Harold Moore's Commerce. Will they be sticking to the Grange Hall's simple, mid-western, hearty fare or is this going to become a high-priced destination? The Grange Hall was a restaurant with the perfect price points..the kind of place you always found your self going back to again and again and you never felt guilty for doing so! I'd hate to find out that we're looking at $25-30 entrees....
I'm guessing from The Strong Buzz report that it is going to be more high end than Grange Hall.
You are indeed looking at $25-30 entrees and the go higher. The drinks are the now West Village "average" of $12. And based on my experience there last night I would recommend giving it a while to work out all the kinks before going. Dinner for three two apps and three entrees with drinks was $270. And IMO based on the service not worth even a 1/3 of that. Hopefully the service and timing of dishes will work better in the future, I will give it another shot. But as I mentioned above, it will be quite some time before that happens.
I sincerely hope that they will put a fabulous chicken dish (not for sharing) and an unusual burger on the menu; adjust prices; add a vegetarian entree (not fish); and succeed. I love our neighborhood restaurants and would like to support this one.
We walked by there Sunday. There was no menu on display outside. The inside looked pretty much the same as it had in it's last incarnation although it looked like the opening ot the kitchen area had been changed.
DELICIOUS. Really enjoyed my meal. Tortelloni with butternut squash and the stuffed veal were A+. Bread is great, warm, and plentiful. Peanut dessert was A. Souflee was a B-.
Menu is a mix of familiars (pastas) and exotic (special oysters, etc.). Wine list is not my thing, but the red they brought me (their choice) was very nice.
> didn't push bottled still water but offered tap right away
> plenty of the great bread
> confused seating, so be an activist (90% empty and they sit me next another couple...not smart)
Sunday resy 5:30pm. We were late and was sat when everyone was there which was good. Sat a 6pm. Ordered at 6:25pm. First apps arrive at 7:10pm. Dinner arrives closer to 8:30pm. leave at 10pm. Timing was bad and "forced" us into another bottle of wine. Food was good in places boring in others. Fluke sashimi was excellent (or maybe we were just hungry) The carbonara (which we got as an app- but you have to ask) was on noddles that reminded me of ramen, but was fairly tasty. Red snapper was so so. Vino pricing and selection was okay.
For me it was one and done. I'll wait until the next iteration.
I was there on a recent Saturday night, and it was a thoroughly disappointing experience. The room is painfully loud, the service is glacial, and most importantly, the food is underwhelming, or worse. I ordered a fettucine special that we all agreed could only be described as "airline quality." Seriously, it was shamefully bad. Like something they would serve at TGI Fridays as "Extreme Italiano Pasta." The sauce seemed to be Chef Boyardee-inspired. Oh, and it was $24. I live three blocks away and I can say with confidence that I'll never be back.