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May 25, 2009 04:08 PM

Char Steakhouse-Raritan

My DH, MIL and myself recently went to Char Steakhouse in Raritan. It's touted as a "New York Style Steak House." The entire menu is ala carte.

Appetizers range between $6 to $10. I had the soup of the day, Loster Bisque. Bland. Very watery, greasy and hardly any lobster. DH ordered a Caesar salad. Typical cut romaine and shaved parmesan slices. MIL ordered 3 littleneck clams from the raw bar. Nice presentation in an oversized martini glass with dry ice for the smoky effect. She enjoyed it.

We all ordered steaks, which range between $32-$39. Each side is $5.99 but touted as "enough for two" including one baked potato.

Food was adequately prepared; nothing spectacular. MIL and I ordered filet mignon; DH had the "prime" NY Steak. Sides we ordered were mashed potatos and creamed spinach, grilled asparagus (I ordered them without butter or oil, but they came out swimming in oil) and a baked potato.

Service was fairly horrendous. Our server was extremely slow (and the restaurant was not that busy) and fairly inattentaive. We had the worst thing I think we have ever experienced from a waiter -- he was standing by the buspersons station PICKING HIS NOSE! It was utterly disgusting. You would have thought that when he glanced over and saw me watching him he would have stopped -- but he continued. This was not a light scratch, but full throttle thumb up inside routing around, t hen wiping the remains on his pants. Needless to say, we lost our appetites and could hardly wait to get our check (which we had to wait approximately 20 minutes to receive) so we could get out of there.

I am still up in the air as to whether or not I want to spend the time writing a letter to the owner about this experience since we will never return.

Do yourself a favor and skp this place. I've had better meals and service at our local Outback or Charlie Browns!

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    1. Sounds delightful.
      Will have to cross this off my list of placed to try.

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        1. Oh boy, that was pretty disgusting.

          My husband ate there recently with some colleagues/friends of his. He said that over all he had a good time - that he liked the decor, it was nice to be out with the guys, and that he enjoyed his meal, But he definitely thought that the food was nothing special, over-priced and that he didn't see himself wanting to go back, except maybe for a drink and a nibble at the bar.

          And now, I don't even know that I see THAT happening.

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