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The Gage or Park Grille?

mousse Sep 9, 2009 11:24 AM

I have a group of 10 for lunch after the Art Institute? Have eliminated Terzo Piano based on mediocre food and lack of accommodation for 10 people. Any opinions on the Gage or Park Grille for a fun lunch?

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    ms. chow RE: mousse Sep 9, 2009 11:55 AM

    Food at Terzo Piano is decent, so i have no further comment on that. But they couldn't accomodate a party of 10? Is it because it's all booked? The space is huge, and i have seen large groups the few times i was there.

    Anyway, Park Grille got so so to bad reviews when it opened. Never been. I think you guys will have fun at Gage. Lunch is always packed and buzzing there. If i can have fish & chips and beer for lunch every day, i will.

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      mousse RE: ms. chow Sep 9, 2009 01:45 PM

      Terzo wouldn't take a group of 10 between 12 and 2 on any day to be seated together. Said they'd split us up into 2 tables of 5 and couldn't guarantee we'd be seated at the same time or near each other. Pretty unfriendly about the whole thing, actually.

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      hoppy2468 RE: mousse Sep 9, 2009 01:40 PM

      Was at Park Grille last Saturday. Melon Gazpacho was delicious. My steak was overcooked and dry. Waitstaff was enthusiastic but clueless. Have been to the Gage multiple times and have always loved the food and service was great. Go to the Gage.

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        tex888 RE: mousse Sep 10, 2009 09:49 PM

        Went to the Gage on Sunday afternoon for an early dinner. Brought the baby along with the wife, and we were impressed by the food, service and atmosphere.

        It takes after food we've had in decent restaurants in Ireland. Mussels were served in an Indian vindaloo broth instead of the usual garlic/wine sauce, and they were quite nice. Same for the frites with curry dipping sauce. We had a side of seasonal organic greens with duck meat. That was the surprise hit of the evening. The dumplings were basically gnocchi with mushrooms, which was average.

        Great beer selection, with lots of Belgian beers as well as Trappist monk brews.

        The front of the house team was great in providing stroller parking up in their waiting area, and offering us a choice of table or booth, whichever worked easier with the baby. In addition, when the manager noticed we were moving the shaved parmesan off to the side of the gnocchi (one of us likes it, one doesn't), he came over to our table to offer to send it back to the kitchen to have it removed. First time anyone has offered.

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          Marmish RE: mousse Sep 13, 2009 07:52 AM

          We just ate at the Gage on Friday night. The menu just changed in the last few days. The pork belly was really, really, good. The heirloom tart was nice. Desserts we had were very good. We've been happy everytime we've eaten here. They definitely can accommodate a larger group as there were 2-3 groups of 8 or more on Friday night.

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