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Four of us dined this past Saturday night at "Tarry Lodge". The conclusion of all of us was that clearly it was NOT a "Top Chef","MasterChef" or or even a "Hells Kitchen" experience but instead something akin to "Mistake-Prone Dining".
It would be wrong for me to say that everything the kitchen prepared was bad. That just is not true as our two ordered Pizza's to share (Quattro Forgagi and Prosciutto, Tomato, Mozzarella &
Arugula @ $15.00 each) were tasty with a very nice crust. If I wanted to nit pick I could complain
that the Four Cheese Pizza was somewhat salty and the other Pizza was lacking Prosciutto and Arugula in each and every piece.
One person in our party ordered Eggplant alla Parmigiana which contained so much salt
it was uneatable. After dinner was over, our server reported back to us, that the chef had
tasted it and also agreed that it was over-salted.
Two of us order the Ribeye steak with Panzanella and Salsa Verde @ 29.00. Big big
mistake. My steak had nice grill marks but was tough and chewy, despite having been ordered
"medium". I requested either Ketchup or Steak Sauce from our server but she never returned.
The Panzanella served was an absolute disgrace and NEVER should have been allowed to
leave the kitchen. To make the dish in mid-summer with unripe tomato's is just a crime, especially
given the great local tomato's now available. In addition, who ever seasoned the tomato and bread salad should take a refresher course in seasoning! The bread cubes were overseasoned
with Vinegar to the maximum and I saw no Basil at all in the salad. All in all... a major disappointment! My wife had the Monkfish Picato with Couscous and Spinach and she said that it was OK @ $25.00. A portion of Tagliatelle Bolognese was ordered for the table and while the
pasta was cooked fine it clearly was undersauced and poor. A local Pizza Joint could do the
dish better.

When our server returned to ask if we wanted coffee and dessert, I called her attention
to the fact that I never had received either Ketchup or the requested Steak sauce. She informed me that she had asked the kitchen and they had neither Ketchup or steak Sauce available
for the Steak and she then said that she had sent someone over to our table to tell me this but
that employee never made it to our table. She must have seen that I was somewhat
annoyed so a "manager" then came over to our table and asked how everything was. We
informed him that the meal at best was mediocre and I told him about the Panzarella salad.
He apologized. I then inquired about the missing Ketchup and/or Steak Sauce and he then
said that the "Sous Chef" did not like either Ketchup or Steak Sauce (huh???) but liked to offer
a Balsamic & Olive Oil Sauce for the Steak on the Menu. When I told him that no-one at the table
was offered that "special" sauce, he again apologized and walked away.

Overall, the service was poor with a very long wait (40 minutes for the Apps). The bread
basket was never refilled. Water glasses were refilled once at the end of the meal.

We were shown a table a few steps above the second floor. That room was bare, and
drab. A final note.... the establishment does offer Valet parking. Our car was NOT delivered
to the front door... instead we had to cross the street where the vehicle was just left running ....

All of us are at a loss to understand the wildly popularity of Tarry Lodge... I doubt if Mario Batali or Joe Bastianich would eat here again if they had shared our experience. I know that
we would not return and we doubt if the Management/Owners of Tarry Lodge would care.

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  1. Geez - I almost went there Saturday w/ group of 4 but decided at last minute to go to tap room at Crabtree Kittle instead. Glad we did. We have had wonderful meals at Tarry Lodge in past - but your experience sounds rough.
    On flip side Crabtree was really good last night. They have a guest chef there from Miami (her name is Carmen and I guess was on the last season of Top Chef Masters) and our meal was great! The guest chef is there through August.

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    Crabtree
    226 Jericho Tpke, Floral Park, NY 11001