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Sep 23, 2008 01:30 PM

Hook Lately

I know a lot of people have been avoiding Hook because of all the turn over but I was wondering if anyone has been there in the past month or so and can report on how it is.

The last time I was there was in late-Spring but I really loved my meal there. Barton Seaver was still on staff but he wasn't in the kitchen at the time (leaving me to believe/hope that quality and taste hasn't changed after his departure).

My parents, brother, and sister-in-law are coming into town in a few weeks and we want a good, not over the top, spot for Sunday dinner. Hook would be great but I want to make sure it's still good.

Thoughts? Reviews?

Also does anyone know if this menu looks up-to-date? I know they depend on what is seasonal/fresh but I was wondering if this is similar to what is being offered now.

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  1. Elyssa
    I'm headed there next week on Thursday. Will report back.

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    1. I have the same question - anyone been there lately? Thinking of taking my grandparents this weekend... would that be a good choice?

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      1. re: mc22

        I guess it depends on what your grandparents are like. The place is pretty hip and depending on where you sit it can get a little loud, although I've been told its a little quieter upstairs. But the food is great (at least when I was there last).

        I again would be interested in hearing about any recent reports.

        1. re: Elyssa

          It was unbearably loud when I was there (quite a while ago), I couldn't even hear the waiter for the most part. Might be worth asking for a quieter table when you make reservations, if you go. I enjoyed the food (again a long time ago, no answer to the original question), but the noise ruined it *for me*.

      2. Hook’s food seems in top shape – all the fish I saw or sampled (dinner with 8 others) was beautiful. The presentation is interesting, and artful – a lot of like Citronelle. The dining room has not lost any luster, and the house signature cocktail really is a revelation (champagne with elderberry juice and a piece of candied ginger).

        My only criticism was our server. Perhaps seeing 8 women clouded his judgment. Just a few of my favorite moments: “you’re going to order 2 salads?”, another where the pricier sauvignon blanc was brought out (after I said my budget was no more than $50 a bottle). “Oh, we ran out of the other one”. Um, why is it still on the menu then? And, is $68 that “close” to $48?. But, I think this is not something to judge the restaurant on. It’s hard to handle 8 opinionated people all at once.

        Elyssa, the menu you link to on their site is very close to current. The selection of crudo is still there – ours had oysters and the kampachi. The burrata and the beets were on our menu, and several of the fish are the same. There was only one pasta on our night, and I think as usual, only one non-fish dish was listed (a hanger steak).

        I say its a go, there's just the possibility you'll have to manage your server.