Comfort Diner: Major dissappointment
Having a craving for some blueberry pancakes, it being summer & all, I headed cross town to the Comfort Diner on 23rd near B'way. Having had many disappointments at multipage-menu diners in the past (Too soggy, Jam not berries, etc) I hoped someone would know how to do it right. Wrong!!
I should have known when my iced coffee was served by pouring hot coffee over ice cubes leaving me with a tepid glass of Hudson River water (circa 1960), but my order for "Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes" was already in. (Note to self: If they can't get the coffee right, they surely won't have a clue with fancy pancakes.)
What showed up had less color than the faux 'coffee'. There is a distinct difference between light & moist that someone in the kitchen needs to be shown. Not only could they be consumed through a straw (barring the berries), but someone thought it was a good idea to sprinkle confectioner's sugar on top rendering them more suitable to the Kid's Menu.
Ended up at Madelaine Patisserie (128 w 23rd) with a chocolate Pistachio croissant that almost...almost calmed me down. Two probably would have done it.
I guess I'll just have to go back to making my own blueberry pancakes.
i've been to this diner only once years ago b/c a friend worked across the street. just out of curiosity, what did you do/say when they delivered the pancakes to your table? i never know what to do in situations like this. i mean, when they are so far off the mark, it's senseless to send them back for a redo but i always feel like i want them to know (in the, perhaps, foolish hope that they may get the hint and improve). Did you not eat them, pay and depart for Madelaine's without saying anything? I probably would have politely attempted to eat them and then paid and left but i always wonder what people do who may know better. i agree the coffee was a sure sign.
I used to go there fairly often as i worked just down the block and wanted something quick. Always sat at the counter for faster service too. Always stuck with regular basic items such as omlettes or burgers. Decent food but considering what it is was very over priced. A lox eggs and onions with a side of fries and a coke often came to $16,00. Finally i decided that this was way too much to be paying for lunch in a diner. It was more out of convenience> I would recommend Europa Cafe directly across the street instead. Better selection of food, better atmosphere and prices too.