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Zylo at W Hotel was a disappointment

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barbgail61 Dec 8, 2010 07:54 AM

My company went for drinks & dinner to Zylo, at the W Hotel in Hoboken last night. While the view and the ambiance was gorgeous, the food was somewhat of a disappointment.

Quantity and portions were ridiculously small. Perhaps some of the blame lies with my company and what they ordered, or rather, underordered? But definitely I expected more from Zylo.

Food served was family style. Bowls of assorted lettuce with too little vinaigrette and virtually no "pickled vegetables" and risotto balls were served with no serving utensils. So was the main course and side dishes by the way. No serving utensils, and I was sitting at a table of 8 coworkers, many of whom were coughing. It's winter, and everyone is sick, so why not put out serving utensils? By the way, the risotto balls were delicious, it's just that there was only 1 each, and they were small. I'd have liked another...

Main course was Halibut and Skirt Steak. 4 portions of Halibut on top of kale, white beans, and tomato pieces again was tasty, but there were 8 hungry adults, so we all got a tiny sample. One plate of sliced Skirt Steak meant that everyone took 1 or 2 small slices, and the poor last person had none left! So we asked for another plate of steak, and the person said "I'll ask your server". All tables received another plate of steak a half hour later, after most were done eating and were socializing. People took some more steak since they were hungry, but then half a plate remaining was cleared away from all tables. Too bad it wasn't brought out when dinner was served.

The side dishes of polenta and broccoli rabe were also brought out after the main courses were served. They should've been brought out along with the meal. Everyone took one spoon of polenta, which was a ridiculously small portion for 8 people. Tasted great, but it was only a forkful.

Dessert was the only thing that was individually served, however everyone is health-conscious nowadays. Better that the dessert was family-style, and we were served more veggies and salad!

Dessert was a melon-ball-sized mini scoop of chocolate gelato, plus a round brownie topped with browned marshmallow. Again, this tasted good.

We all are talking today that we went home hungry. Which is a shame, because I'm sure my company spent a small fortune. Yes, the view was lovely, but how about serving some food? Lettuce isn't expensive, neither is the polenta, so why put out a quarter of the food that you'd get elsewhere?

Go for the view, not the food!

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ZYLO Restaurant
225 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030

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    pm_fan RE: barbgail61 Dec 8, 2010 09:03 AM

    I would say give it another try -- I went there last week for the first time and throughly enjoyed my meal.

    Our original intent was to go for happy hour, but when we arrived at 6-ish, there wasn't a seat to be had at what I think is a very small bar (15 seater, maybe). They easily accommodated us with a table for 2.

    We did choose 3 meats (mortadella, salame con porcini and lombo -- lombo was the best!) and choose 3 cheeses (robiola, gorgonzola and parmigiano) from the salumi menu. Then we ordered the smaller size bowls of the gnocchi and the mushroom risotto to share. Both pasta dishes were great, but the risotto was superior (especially if your a mushroom lover! lots of bold mushroom flavor!)

    So if you are game, definitely try again and order the lombo and the risotto :-).

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      barbgail61 RE: pm_fan Dec 8, 2010 11:48 AM

      Thank you pm_fan. Maybe we will give Zylo another try after the holidays. I saw the bar area when walking through to go to the dining room, and it did appear small but cozy. Last night we had drinks upstairs, but a friend told me that it's hard to get into the upstairs bar sometimes when groups reserve that area, so I'm not sure we'll be able to get back upstairs, but the view from there, and the retro 1970's hanging chairs werew wonderful.

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        pm_fan RE: barbgail61 Dec 10, 2010 06:34 AM

        Another great place for the view is The Chart House that is up the road in Weehawkin. It's about 10 minutes north of Zylo. They have a spacious bar and the view is awesome.

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        Chart House
        Weehawken Lincoln Hbr Pier D-T, Union City, NJ 07087

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          HeyDeliciousBlog RE: pm_fan Dec 11, 2010 08:52 AM

          Go to the Chart House for a cocktail and the view, not the food. I had a great experience at Zylo when they first opened up. I was curious how things were going since then.

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          Chart House
          Weehawken Lincoln Hbr Pier D-T, Union City, NJ 07087

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            barbgail61 RE: HeyDeliciousBlog Dec 12, 2010 11:35 AM

            Thanks for the info on the Chart House, which I had been considering going to in February for my 50th b'day. My husband said that I should start thinking about where I want to go, and I had thought perhaps the Chart House. But I'm selfish - I want BOTH a view and good food, with reasonable portion sizes too. Am I asking too much? Is having a good view and also good food mutually exclusive?

            Has anyone been to the River Palm Terrace in Edgewater recently? Does this place have a view? Or, can anyone recommend a really nice place for a special birthday? I live in Rockland County, NY, not far from the Bergen County, NJ border (I work in Northvale, NJ) so any place in the Rockland/Bergen area would be fine. Thank you.

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            River Palm Terrace
            1416 River Rd, Edgewater, NJ 07020

            Chart House
            Weehawken Lincoln Hbr Pier D-T, Union City, NJ 07087

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              HeyDeliciousBlog RE: barbgail61 Dec 12, 2010 02:34 PM

              River Palm is nice but they don't have a view. Go to Ruth's Chris (across the st. from Chart House) and ask for a table with a view. Great food, great service. They have a nice pre-fixe.

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              Chart House
              Weehawken Lincoln Hbr Pier D-T, Union City, NJ 07087

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              roro1831 RE: HeyDeliciousBlog Dec 13, 2010 04:50 AM

              I agree about the Chart House, went there last Christmas for a dinner and it was bad. Great view, but the food was bad.
              I've eaten at Zylo a couple of times, thought the food was good, the meatball app is really good. The bar upstairs is nice, but after a certain time at night because a guido hangout, so not my scene at all.

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              Chart House
              Weehawken Lincoln Hbr Pier D-T, Union City, NJ 07087

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