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1930's kitchen in Englewood- any REAL reviews out there?

I was reading the Bergen Record's blog this weekend and the editor had a posting about 1930 kitchen that had just opened in Englewood (see link below)...the posts that follow are overthetop with glee and, dare i say SHILLY. Wondering if anyone has really gone...I'm obviously not buying the Blog's responses, and I'd like to get an honest CH opinion of the place.

http://blogs.northjersey.com/blogs/se...

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  1. Yes, on the website it seems really pricey for the area it's in... Hopefully a real review will be around soon...

    1. I was wondering the same thing. Thinking about checking it out tonight to see what is what...prices seem a bit high on some things (shepherd's pie) and reasonable on others. Boy, they have a PR machine going from the look of the blog. Hope I get reviews like that (only real)!

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      1. re: Picnicchef

        those posts strike me as being from a cook (from the restaurant). not a very good machine!

        1. re: tommy

          Indeed, but strikes me as coming from a PR firm trying to sound like regular diners. One would hope a cook wouldn't have the time.

          1. re: Picnicchef

            i cannot imagine that anyone that stupid would have a business in PR. it's totally amateur.

            i see plenty of cooks on the internet. they have the time. if it's not a cook or PR firm, it's a well-meaning mom of someone involved with restaurant. well-meaning people get on my nerves. :)

            1. re: tommy

              They think of it as "free advertising". But, unlike here, they don't monitor that blog for that.

              1. re: menton1

                Just a quick request to keep the conversation focused on the restaurant and its food. Whether reviews on another site are shills or not is really off-topic for Chowhound.

                If anyone has tried this place, it'd be great if you could report back.

                Thanks!

                1. re: The Chowhound Team

                  I posted photos and comments on my blog:

                  http://thevegangoodlife.blogspot.com/...

                  I cannot believe so many are critical of a restaurant they've never even been to. I think it's unique and wonderful to be paying homage to a cuisine of this era. I talked to the chef and they seemed to be very supportive of local farms and fresh ingredients. At least it's not another chain restaurant. My boyfriend (a meat-eater, who is also a chef) and I (a vegetarian) enjoyed our meal and will go back. Because of all the appetizers, you can probably skip a salad course. Save room for dessert.

      2. Looks like Bill Pitcher got over here in person, and his write up is very lukewarm, at best. It even seems that he's holding back on saying WORSE things about the restaurant. Looks like I'll pass on the place.

        http://blogs.northjersey.com/blogs/se...

        1. "Hey, let's open a 1930s-themed restaurant!"

          "Yeah, but let's charge 2030s prices!"

          P-A-S-S for me.

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          1. re: zhelder

            Every time I pass this place it looks closed; did it go belly-up already? (I wasn't inspired by the early buzz to try it).

            1. re: menton1

              I guess it is still open...

              http://www.northjersey.com/food_dinin...

              From the article...You’re encouraged to walk through the kitchen and visit with the staff. Customers are placed so closely together, conversation between tables is inevitable. "It almost becomes like an old catered event," Henderson said.

              I want to pay for that?

          2. Haven't heard a whisper about this place since the summer, any news or reviews? Any body been there? (Is it still open?)

            1. Apparently this place is still open; however, the Record reports that it has filed for Chapter 11, so its days are probably numbered...

              Anyone been there recently?

              1. Anyone know if this place is still open?

                1. I went there today. I honestly don't think it was worth it for the price and the amount of hype my friends gave to it. I had the fried chicken with came with waffles and it made me literally sick to my stomach, plus the chicken didn't even taste that good. The cobbler did not have much of a crunchy topping and what it did have got very soggy. My parents, who are "foodies", thought the food was amazing, however. I am not a "foodie" so it could be something that I am missing that made me not like the food etc. I did try my mom's veal and I thought it was too fatty and my dad's hanger steak was pretty straightforward, nothing special. The restaurant is very tiny (seats up to 24) with every seat taken so it was very loud and hard to hear. Also, to get the bathroom you have to walk through the kitchen past the chefs which is awkward because everyone looks at you when you walk past.

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                  1. re: rawrcheekymonkey

                    Thanks for the review, and welcome to the NJ board!

                  2. Passed by the place yesterday, buttoned up with a "For Rent" sign in the window...