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Rye Grill & Bar w/an 8 yr old

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marcia2 Jan 16, 2010 04:43 PM

We went to Rye Grill & Bar with our 8 year old tonight. Walked in a couple of minutes early for our 6:30 reservation and were seated immediately in the room for people with kids. Indeed, pretty much every table had a child, most of whom at first glance seemed to be well behaved. Walking into the room I heard a piece of silverware land with a crash (which can happen to anyone, regardless of age or quality of behavior) but looked hard at the table. There were about half a dozen adults all clustered at one end of a long rectangular table, with 5 or 6 kids, all of whom appeared to be under 8, sitting at the other. A couple of kids were up and dashing back and forth, one was yelling. We sat down at our table, not right next to them, but not a football field away either. As we sat, it became clear that bedlam was the order of the day at that table. (Dear parents of hellions, If you want to sit and chat and hang out with the other adults and leave the young children to themselves largely unsupervised, please stay home and order pizza for the group. My child has been going to restaurants since he was 2 weeks old and has never, ever been permitted to get up and walk around unsupervised or to yell, make noise, throw things or otherwise irritate people. No, not even in a very casual restaurant. No, not even in a restaurant with a really high level of ambient noise. It's called parenting. Please try it.)

As you can tell, I find poorly behaved, poorly supervised children incredibly annoying. I went out front and spoke to the host, more sternly than was actually required, since he was happy to move us upstairs when I said I didn't want to eat in the children's room. So upstairs we went, where the general noise level is very high but nobody needed a time out or a stern talking to.

The food: My son had pulled pork sliders, which he really liked and the skinny onion rings, which he wasn't crazy about. I tried them and thought they were good, so this was really about his personal preference for thicker onion rings. I had the goat cheese salad. It was fine, nothing fabulous. The vinaigrette should have been sharper and more flavorful. Then I had the clam pizza. It was good, nice balance of flavors, more cheese than I was expecting, but tasted just fine. But the salad and the pizza were both really large and I didn't need both. I only ate about half of each of them. With other pizzas, I would have brought home the leftovers, but I didn't think that either reheating or being eaten cold was going to do the clams any favors. My husband had the mixed green salad and had much the same reaction I did and he enjoyed the salmon club sandwich.

The service: Everyone was very pleasant. Again, they easily agreed to put us upstairs when we asked. We asked to have my son's dinner served with our appetizers, which it was. So that was all good. On the other hand, it was unbelievably slow. Really, really slow. Kind of interminable. It felt like a really long wait for the appetizers. After the table was cleared we waited and waited and waited. Eventually, the waiter came over with new cutlery and said our dinners would be there soon. Literally 15 minutes later, at 7:28 (I looked at my watch) dinner finally arrived. That's an awfully long stretch from when we walked in the door at 6:30, even with apps. They knew it was long, because the waiter made a point of apologizing and we hadn't said anything. No idea what was going on or where in the system the problem was.

The bottom line: The food is fine. Not wonderful, but mostly perfectly decent. We live less than 10 minutes from there and, as in it's previous incarnation, Rye G&B will be on our emergency, last minute, crappy weather, couldn't get anything better organized list. If you're in Rye or Rye Brook, it's perfectly adequate, but don't go out of your way. Also, ordinarily we would have ordered dessert, but by time we got out of there it was 7:50 as it was and we needed to get our son home and to bed. If they had paced things better, they would have probably had 2 or 3 dessert orders.

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Rye Grill & Bar
1 Depot Plz, Rye, NY 10580