REVIEW: The Trilby @ The Cooper Square Hotel
I have pictures and video of The Trilby if you want to look: http://www.chuonfood.com/2011/02/revi...
What is tucked under the Cooper Square Hotel and right next to the abandoned and boarded-up Asian Pub, The Trilby restaurant serving “comfort European-style” food fell short…by a mile.
As soon as the double glass doors are opened for you by the hotel’s hospitality team, you bear left and find yourself in a very dim and open bar area. Keeping in mind that this recently opened restaurant was on its second day of operation, I couldn’t help but notice right away the cool, black subway tile ceilings…and the bleach aroma circling itself into my nostrils?
Next to the bar in another room is where you find more dining tables for larger groups and lounge sofas around the back area.
I’ll make this review short and sweet with my pros and cons list to vary things up…
- The Service (Friendly staff, accommodating, and possessing a sense of humor
)- The Ambiance (Sleepy Hollow type of feel, very dim, candles, mellow electric music)
- Steak Tartare (This was my favorite small plate choice because of the presentation and most importantly the flavor. Quail egg on a half shell with a shot of beer on the side for us to mix table side…nice!)
- Majority of the Food (They try to serve up a gastropub style of food but miss out completely. Mushy gnocchi, very simple tuna & avocado, artichoke dip was dry, and the bread for the table was a joke.)
- Seating (I asked for a table for five and we got seated at one of the sofas in the back, which if we have ordered the shank, per se, it would have been a disaster with au jus dripping all over our knees and the floor.)
As you can see in the video and pictures, The Trilby is very dim. There was actually a light over us that kept going on, off, bright and dim (felt like a club). Not every thing that we ordered was awful…like the Short Rib Sliders with Slaw were tasty but nothing special. The 6 Minute Egg on spinach toast with anchovy was tasty as well, but then again you can put egg, toast, anchovy and you’ll always have a good outcome.
The only time I would return to The Trilby would be for some aperitifs with a date or group of friends before heading to eat at another restaurant with better food.
Would you take a visit here after this review??
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