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M Wells - what's on the menu these days?

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Haven't been since they first opened and website doesn't have anything. Has anyone been for lunch? I'm thinking of going tomorrow.

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  1. Went last Friday for lunch, had an excellent meal. Menu changes weekly or pretty frequently but supplemented it with a few specials.

    Bacon & Hash, Poached Egg, Brussel Sprouts - Given to us by accident but was very good. A deep fried puck of potatoes with a poached egg on top with bits of thick cut bacon. Especially good when all the components were eaten together.

    Escargots & Bone Marrow, Shallots, Red Wine Purée - Perhaps the dish with the most foodie appeal, but somewhat disappointing. A very generous amount of marrow with three-four plump escargot, topped with herbed bread crumbs. Good but needed additional salt.

    Meat Pie with Chicken, Pork, Brisket, Foie Gras, Cranberry Ketchup - Favorite dish of the day, and was a featured special. The crust and dough was perfectly flakey and the meat filling was rich, even moreso with the foie, that was made even better with the sweet cranberry ketchup. If you're not afraid of a heavy dish, I'd strongly recommend this dish.

    Egg-Sausage Sandwich with Cheddar, Tomato, Pickled Jalapeño, Fat English Muffin - Somewhat of a menu standby, the English Muffin is made in-house and is a bit denser than Thomas' version. That said, the egg is fluffy, sausage is good but aside from the thin slice of pickled jalapeno, wasn't so much different/better than your average breakfast sandwich.

    Hot Chicken - Open-Face Chicken Sandwich, Cheddar, French Fries, Peas, Gravy - More or less a riff on poutine (minus the curds), the dish was really satisfying and good. The gravy had a nice flavor and the peas lent the dish a touch of sweetness. The fries were well cooked and the sandwich was fine. Probably would have enjoyed the dish more if I weren't already so full.

    Asked if they had milkshakes but were told they were out of ice cream right now. Instead we ordered a slice of Banana Cream Pie which tasted strongly of banana and contained real vanilla. A more refined version of this diner classic.

    All in all, a really nice meal, patient and friendly staff and very good food. Was told that dinner service begins next Friday/Saturday and will eventually expand. Dinner menu will feature different items and is something I'm looking forward to.

    The link below are the pictures I took from this meal:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lawandfo...

    TheDegustationAsian
    http://www.lawandfood.com

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    1. re: TheDegustationAsian

      wow. Thanks for the details. That meat pie and the poached eggs look and sounds awesome. If it gets real cold I think I could handle the pie for lunch without falling asleep at my desk.

      For some reason marrow for lunch seems wrong. I had the egg sandwich wen I went, but it was the 1st or second week they were open. I remember liking it alot but wasn't bowled over.

      thanks for the details!

      1. re: TheDegustationAsian

        What are the prices like?

        1. re: Joe MacBu

          most are 7-13 for items. some are more expensive like 18 ( i forgot for what ). I'm pretty cheap, yet I have always been satisfied for what I paid.
          The bone marrow, though, should not be considered as a meal. that was a mistake once. They don't really differentiate between appetizers, so there can be some surprises.

          Last time i had a blood sausage w eggs and something else. it was hearty and worth the 12 or 13 dollars.

        2. re: TheDegustationAsian

          What are the typical wait times like, say on a Sat./Sun. morning (say I get there at 10)?

          1. re: taystahl

            All the recent write ups are making it difficult to get in. I got there at 1 pm on Sunday and there were at least 20 people in line outside. I went elsewhere.

            Unfortunately, I can only get there on the weekends. Can anyone suggest a time where the waits are not as long?

            1. re: enyc1071

              We, my wife and I, passed by there about the same time on Sunday (it wasn't our destination) and you're right 20-25 people lined up. When we went past it again on our way home about 20 minutes later, the line grew to about 30+.

              Are they giving the food away?

          2. re: TheDegustationAsian

            Update on dinner service for anyone curious: no time soon, apparently ... http://ny.eater.com/archives/2011/01/...

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            M. Wells Diner
            21-17 49th Ave, Queens, NY 11101