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koko85 Oct 29, 2010 06:52 AM

Anyone been to or heard anything about Thyme? The co-chef is Neil Ferguson who earned a Micheline star while at Allen and Delancey. He also worked at Soho House and cooked at Monteverde. Anyhow was just looking to see if anyone has been yet and their thoughts.

http://thymerestaurant.net/

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    brokerx7 Oct 29, 2010 08:30 PM

    Had dinner there two weeks ago and lunch this afternoon. The Costello / Ferguson team is really working. Solid menu and wine selections in a sophisticated setting. Reservations for dinner is wise after 7:00.

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      weedy Oct 29, 2010 10:24 PM

      Drove by and looked at the menu which was to say the least uninspiring.
      It's SO dead simple that the place is either going to have to be fantastic or completely boring.

      Grilled tuna with tomato vinaigrette? Grilled steak with leaf spinach? Chicken breast with mashed potatoes?
      This is the menu *I* make in a week.
      As I said, either they are Craft, or they are boring.

      I'll try it and report back; but it didn't make us want to go running in.
      Going out, to me, means having food I don't, or can't, make.

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        MisterBill2 Oct 30, 2010 12:01 AM

        The menu is rather plain but it's well prepared. They're doing very well so I think they made the right decision on what to serve, and obviously most people do not feel the same way as you do about what they want to order when they eat out. We ate there last Saturday and all appetizers and entrees were excellent. The mushroom pizza was especially great (and a real surprise).

        BTW to OP, had you searched on Thyme, you would have found an existing thread, although it claims there to be in Cortlandt Manor.

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          weedy Oct 31, 2010 09:00 PM

          I don't see how it's "obvious" what people want when they eat out a all.
          Morimoto and WD-50, for easy example, seem to be doing fairly well serving food that no one makes at home; most likely doing a lot better than Thyme.

          Beyond, "entrees were excellent", can you share what you had and what you liked about it?

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            MisterBill2 Nov 1, 2010 05:22 PM

            My point was that people do not agree with your assessment that they are not interested in eating at a place with an unadventurous menu. Also not everyone is at the same skill level of cooking. What you claim you can cook at home may be well beyond the ability of many people. And if everyone agreed with you that they were not interested in eating at a place with a menu like Thyme's, they would not have been full the night I was there.

            I had the tuna tartar appetizer and the duck breast entree, which was a special that night. The tuna was good, I forget what was mixed in but it was a large portion. The duck breast was served sliced and fanned out over mashed potatoes. My wife had the French onion soup to start and the skirt steak with french fries. She said it was all very good. Friends we were with had the steak, caesar salad, mussells and the scallop appetizer. The most unusual thing we had was a mushroom pizza. The crust was not your normal pizza, it was light and crispy but also flaky.

            Dessert was a little disappointing. I had the chocolate lava cake and I thought it was overcooked (most places that serve it overcook it, it should be liquid in the middle). The caramel sea salt ice cream was really good. My friend had the apple crisp which I thought was ok but nothing special.

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              wincountrygirl Nov 2, 2010 03:38 AM

              There is definitely a place for simple food, well done. Can't wait to try this.

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        wincountrygirl Feb 27, 2011 03:39 AM

        Ate there last night - party of 8. The place was packed at 6:30 PM. We had to wait a few minutes for our table but we sat right in front of the open kitchen. Start to finish this was an excellent meal. Two caesar salads and one chopped salad - all beautifully dressed. Tuna tartar was excellent and the seared scallops with onion/bacon jam were perfectly seared and tasty. There was a duck breast special in sour cherry sauce - the breast perfectly medium rare and so tender. I had Strip steak with au gratin potatos - next time I will opt for the french fries. They didn't look like much but they were crunchy on the outside and creamy inside. Others had skirt steak and surf and turf. Our server was attentive, friently and professional. Can't wait to go back on a weeknight and enjoy!!

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          cubanat Feb 28, 2011 10:50 AM

          we ate there last week. salads were tasty. french onion soup was one of the best I have ever had and I try to have it as a standard tester at new places. (it would have been the best if there was more burnt melted cheese on the sides of the bowl that I could have picked but it was strangely clean). Had to wait 2 minutes after apps were served to get a spoon. entrees arrived and I had to wait another minute to get a knife. Entrees were very solid though. for dessert we shared the cheescake. unedible as it tasted like the fridge. fruit compiote that was raved about in times article was ok but certainly not good enough to warrant trying that item again. very nice wines by the half glass sytem and all that. overall a nice place where the kitchen can put out some decent plates. Service needs work. They were friendly just not great at basics

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            wincountrygirl Feb 28, 2011 11:21 AM

            Our server was terrific, but I would have to agree about the rest of the staff attending us. They were not as experience and made serveral mistakes. We did wait a long time for all our drinks to be put out on the table - we were 8 and they'd bring a couple at a time.

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              cubanat Feb 28, 2011 11:35 AM

              Where did they seat you? On the left or the right if your looking at the dining room from the bar?

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                wincountrygirl Feb 28, 2011 11:48 AM

                Right in front of the open kitchen - kind of center but right next to a service station so lots of servers in and out. The table was too small for 8 too. But, I still loved the food.

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                  cubanat Feb 28, 2011 12:18 PM

                  We were in that center ailse but closest to the bar. Round table? if that was the same size table which I think it may have been it sure would have been tight! did you have a better dessert?

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                    wincountrygirl Feb 28, 2011 01:32 PM

                    Round table was very tight. I had the molten chocolate cake - it was ok. I loved the fries!

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          wincountrygirl Jul 30, 2011 04:20 AM

          Having had a wonderful experience at Thyme when we were there before, we finally got back last night. The experience was not as wonderful as the first. Wait staff was young and inexperienced,however they really tried very hard, so kudos for that. The issue really was with my food, as my husband loved everything. He had the tuna tartar to start and the veal noissette - which IMHO was breaded veal cutlet. I will say they did have to adjust the sauce for him as he has a dairy allergy and could not have the porcini sauce that probably would have made the dish. Instead, they gave him a red wine reduciton which was wonderfully accommodating. His garlic roasted potatoes were great. My dish, however, not so much. I ordered the duck in sour cherry sauce with comfit fingerling potatoes. The duck and sauce had absolutely no flavor. I got extra sauce, salted it - nothing. And the potatoes were so dissapointing! I expected potatoes that were kind of melting together like an onion confit - but they were boiled fingerlings with, you guessed it, no flavor. When I asked the server if perhaps I got a dairy free version (because the chefs many times also opt to give me dairy free because they figure I can't have it either - no kidding!), the waiter told me that confit meant cooked in it's own juices............. so since potatoes don't have juices I was quite confused. Duck confit is cooked in it's own fat, but onion confit,etc, refer to a delecable slow cooked rendered down - almost jam. Anyway, this dish was a total miss for me. Though the service was attentive and they tried hard, the inexperience was evident from not knowing which chardonney was the oakiest to not being able to tell the bus boys from the servers!!

          I will go back to Thyme as our first experience was so good, I think another try is warrented.

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            weedy Aug 23, 2011 03:11 PM

            I've been there twice now and feel more confident to write bout it again.

            What i said originally was that the menu is almost over simple, and so as a result they'd better do it REALLY really well.
            Well, they do.
            It's almost deceptive to read something simple on the menu as compare to the quality of preparation that arrives on the plate.
            They cook really well, obviously.
            On the other hand, I would still like to see them stretch a bit more in terms of taking some culinary chances or bolder flavours. But there is some evidence already that the menu is expanding (many more specials on my last visit than my first).
            Fish in particular could get more adventurous, but this is a very good restaurant only getting better.

            1. applesauce23 Sep 1, 2011 05:00 PM

              I'm planning to go to Thyme tomorrow night for a date night with DH. Any recommendations? After reading the thread, the French onion soup and salads sound like winners. Anyone try the Key Lime Pie?

              1. applesauce23 Sep 2, 2011 07:40 PM

                I know that tonight was an off night (according to our server and the regulars sitting next to us), but I'm just going to say that my visit to Thyme was probably the worst "fine dining" experience I've ever had. The timeline says it all: seated at 6:35 (we were seated promptly, so I guess that was the one good thing), ordered, got our appetizers at 7:15, and finally got our entrees at 8:30. Our server was very sweet, but after three apologies, it was just ridiculous. The couple next to us paid for their drinks and left after an hour to hit the nearby diner. Other tables were complaining loudly about their long waits to order. It was not the relaxing date night I was looking for.

                The food was ok, but definitely not worth the wait. I enjoyed my crabcakes (new version of the jumbo lump crab bites on the menu), but DH ate only half of his soup because the bread/croutons were so big, they soaked up all of the broth. The surf and turf special was ok. The lobster was much better than the steak. My shrimp and saffron risotto was tasteless, even after I put a liberal amount of salt and pepper on it. I had to send it back (this was the first time I have ever sent back a dish). My husband was surprised when he tasted it and compared it to bland boiled rice. The shrimp was well cooked, but so flavorless that the whole dish was inedible. Our server comped us for that entree.

                Apparently, there was a new chef that was slowing things down, but even that wasn't a good enough reason for the long wait. A party of 6 got half of their entrees and received the other three plates over an hour later. The table next to me on the other side received their soup and caprese after a forty five minute wait. Why did it take so long for them to get their dishes?

                The servers and the chefs were very stressed because of the backlog. One of the chefs loudly told a server to shut up as I walked past the open kitchen area to use the restroom. It was so tense that it was uncomfortable.

                Even though this experience is clearly not the norm, I will definitely say that I was very disappointed tonight. I might try Thyme again on a less crazy day, but probably not.

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                  wincountrygirl Sep 3, 2011 04:30 AM

                  The last time we went, my food had no taste at all. DH was ok, but not great. Service was a bit amateurish.

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                    weedy Sep 5, 2011 09:42 AM

                    wait, they actually SAID to you that "there was a new chef that (sic) was slowing things down"????
                    Really?
                    That, itself, is oddly unprofessional.
                    WHO said it?

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                      applesauce23 Sep 6, 2011 01:36 PM

                      At least three of the servers and a manager (I believe) said it. There were a lot of angry diners that night, so I guess they finally ran out of excuses.

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                        weedy Sep 6, 2011 01:43 PM

                        While I had a great meal there last time, it's certainly disappointing, and inexcusable, for them to be as unprofessional as you describe it.

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                      MisterBill2 Sep 12, 2011 06:57 AM

                      Did the old chef leave or was this something temporary? And where was the owner, who's supposed to be a pretty good chef on his own?

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                        wincountrygirl Sep 12, 2011 07:28 AM

                        There are two chef/owners I believe so I find this kind of weird. Although the food was not good our last visit.

                    3. MisterBill2 Nov 24, 2011 10:18 PM

                      For anyone who wants to try Thyme, they are selling gift cards for 50% off for Black Friday (I think this is to compete with Augie's Steak House, which has had a sign for a while saying that they were doing that). Anyway, you can buy them in the restaurant on Black Friday (11/25) only, but online you can get them through Cyber Monday (11/28). They have also been on the discount Groupon-like sites recently offering a price fixed menu for 2 for $50, but that menu is very limited, soup or salad to start and choice of 2 steaks or chicken for entree. I think that they do themselves a disservice when they offer such a boring menu to first time customers (and even more so to return customers who want to order off the menu), and I did not buy it. But if I can get the gift cards for half price and order whatever I want, I am in. I just hope this is not a sign that they are in financial trouble and may not survive.

                      http://www.thymerestaurant.net/Gift-C...

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                      Steak House
                      PO Box 164, Thendara, NY 13472

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                        weedy Nov 27, 2011 03:07 PM

                        I hope so too. This sort of promotion is usually abad sign, and it would too bad if Thyme doesn't make it.

                        by the way, the site is unclear...
                        do you know if it's $50 to buy a $100 gift card online; OR is it that a $50 gift card costs $50 but gets the recipient 50% off prices (i.e. $100 of food)?

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                          MisterBill2 Dec 4, 2011 04:00 PM

                          Sorry, did not see your post. I bought my gift card at the restaurant. Did you end up buying it online?

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                          rkaene Dec 4, 2011 06:09 PM

                          We went last night with a living social cert, and you are right, the menu was boring. We went when it first opened, food was good, service very bad and no Amex. The certif.nand taking Amex did get us back. It was rather disappointing. Soup was wonderful, salad a few field greens with olive oil very boring. Steaks were ok, we are spoiled by NYC steaks, and there is no comparison. Despite waitress caim that we always cook our steak perfectly, med rare was mooing, and sent back. Sides ok, spinach very good, mashed were a step up from grocery store quality. Dessert was cheesecake or ice cream, which we don't eat, they subbed apple pie, which may have been from grandmas, rather gloppy and very sweet. Service was very bad. Waitress kept on disapearing and apologizing.we really want to like this place, it is so. Pretty, but I am not sure we will retu rn.

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                            MisterBill2 Dec 8, 2011 09:50 PM

                            As I said, their boring price fixed menu is not going to win them many fans who come in for the first time with the LS deals. But it's the same thing they had for HVRW so maybe they think they know what they are doing (although I would beg to differ).

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