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Stage Left, New Brunswick - Terrible

freshmanjs Jul 17, 2010 09:00 AM

Went to Stage Left last night pre-concert, intending to sit at the bar for burgers and drinks. Keep in mind that it was about 100 degrees outside.

The bar was closed because the air conditioner was broken. The host asked us if we would sit outside. We said no way and he replied "yeah, i'm required to ask everybody." no one was sitting outside.

Anyway, we got a table right next to the door to the bar and it got opened so often that it was unbearably hot in the dining room (a/c not working well there either). The dining rooms smells like mold, by the way.

Took them 20 minutes to make 2 martinis, including a "he's making them right now" 10 minutes into that time.

Cosmo had black floating objects in it.

Shrimp in the shrimp cocktail were not deveined properly. they were very gritty.

Fries with the burgers were so oversalted, as to be almost inedible.

This was so bad that we were discussing openly with the 2 tables next to us how bad the experience was.

these guys are charging $40 for a piece of salmon? are they kidding?

Stage Left
5 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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    andream_79 Jul 18, 2010 02:53 PM

    That place used to be awesome, such a shame it's gone so downhill!!!! But if I were paying $40 for salmon, I'd at least expect some A/C or a martini that doesn't take 20 mins!

    1. Bossa_Nova Jul 17, 2010 10:23 AM

      I have vowed not to return to Stage Left because of similar experiences with both the service and the food. It's a shame it has slipped so far.

      Stage Left
      5 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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      1. re: Bossa_Nova
        BigGeorge Jul 17, 2010 03:35 PM

        Last time I went to Stage Left the service was wanting. The food was good but it did not compare to the time when Anthony Bucco was in the kitchen. Mark and Francis ( the owners) should realize they have to practice what they preach -- the customer should be the center of attention, not them.

        Stage Left
        5 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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