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Dinner at The National - just flat out not good

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This is a new spot on the ground level of the Benjamin Hotel on Lex and 51. Nice atmosphere, decent service but the food was just not good.
Pumpkin Soup was bland and syrup like.
Artichoke Sandwich sounded great on the menu. Artichokes, roasted eggplant, hummus, feta cheese and peperoncinni. Now doesn't that sound good? It wasnt. The only flavor you could taste was the artichoke and it tasted like it came right out of a jar.
Skate was covered in this thick batter like fish and chips but the flavor was so tart.
Just a terrible meal. I realize most people who are not staying at the hotel would not eat here but just in case you are in the hood, dont.

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The National
557 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022

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  1. Dunno if they just took some time to get their act together or if I just got lucky but I ate at the National this week and everything was great

    1. Haven't been yet, but Sifton just gave The National a one star review.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/11/din...

      1. The Lunchtime burger wasn't good either. Makes me wonder about his appearances on Chopped