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STEER CLEAR LIST - Worst Meal You've Had in the Last Six Months

tbone Jun 1, 2011 03:15 PM

Everyone writes about the best experience they've had, or maybe even a less than stellar experience. However, we need a place to really vent and let people know about places that they should steer clear of.

Honestly write about a very poor meal or dining experience that you have had during the last six months (so that we can keep this list somewhat current) and, why the establishment should be avoided!

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    IntrepidNook RE: tbone Jun 1, 2011 06:16 PM

    I'll bite. Matsuri. Hands down. Sushi was terrible -- the texture of a very simple roll was way off, both in terms of the fish and the rice. Calamari was some of the worst deep frying I had ever had -- I don't know what happened to the temperature, but it was so soggy it just fell apart. It's pathetic when the salad is the only decent dish out of 5 or so.

    I had a BBE coupon for 30%, which made me fill a tinge better about the debacle, but still... Too bad because the room is actually pretty neat.

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    369 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

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      hungryinmanhattan RE: IntrepidNook Jun 1, 2011 07:02 PM

      What is a BBE coupon?

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        goodhealthgourmet RE: hungryinmanhattan Jun 1, 2011 07:29 PM

        Blackboard Eats
        http://www.blackboardeats.com/new-york

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        thew RE: IntrepidNook Jun 2, 2011 05:57 AM

        i have not been in several years, but matsuri was never known for their sushi - however their other japanese food was really good. the sea eel tempura is one of the best dishes i've ever had. but as i said, its been a few years so they may well have fallen off

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        ExFlexitarian RE: tbone Jun 1, 2011 06:53 PM

        Fedora was easily the worst meal i've had in the past several years, let alone 6 months. Just terribly bland/greasy stodge, overpriced, crowded, loud, and careless service.

        I had the pork sandwich, which tasted of nothing but oil and mayonaise, and the accompanying shoe string fries were burnt. The fried chicken was rubbery and under seasoned - and the fact that they leave the claw intact and serve it in an undersized bowl makes it impossible to cut into and eat. I also really disliked the crispy pigs head, as it was also under seasoned and terribly greasy. I think we ate like 25% of what was on our plates - the waitress either didn't notice this or didn't care, as she didn't make a comment (like any good restaurant should).

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        Fedora
        239 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

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          Oliverstreet RE: ExFlexitarian Jun 2, 2011 01:20 PM

          Mine was at Fedora too! I had a fish dish there that was just unbearably oily and heavy, and also contained pork, which the server neglected to inform me ahead of time! Careless service, indeed.

          My friend also ordered the fried chicken, and the intact fried claw served no purpose except to complicate the eating and enjoyment. Its presence actually almost seemed a little aggressive and obnoxious.

          Not a place we'll be returning to, but they were packed when we were there, so I don't think they'll notice!

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            sam1 RE: Oliverstreet Jun 3, 2011 02:49 PM

            agreed on fedora. i live nearby and tried it a week or two after they opened. i didnt mind the scene...i was expecting that.

            i wasnt expecting the horrible food. slimey rock shrimp salad with wilted lettuce and pig head fried balls that just tasted like melted fat and gristle.

            this place models itself after montreal's best restaurants but they dont hold a candle to joe beef or APC.

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              uwsister RE: sam1 Jun 6, 2011 11:24 PM

              Wow - I've been meaning to go to Fedora as I'm a huge fan of APdC, but after FOUR horrible reviews - it may be off my to-go list!

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                lpshanet RE: uwsister Jun 7, 2011 04:35 AM

                If you're an APdC fan, you should head to M. Wells instead. That should hit the spot more.

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                  uwsister RE: lpshanet Jun 7, 2011 04:43 AM

                  Oh yes, we've been meaning to go to that one too. But their funky hours and not-Manhattan location haven't made it too easy. Actually we'll be back at the original sooner (next week) but M. Wells is definitely on the list.

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                    lpshanet RE: uwsister Jun 7, 2011 01:00 PM

                    Very jealous that you're going back to the original. Definitely the best option. And if you have time, you could squeeze in a meal at Joe Beef, too! Once you're back, though, getting to M. Wells is actually much easier than you'd expect, even though it's officially in an outer borough. It's literally about 5 minutes from Manhattan by Subway (2 stops on the 7 train), so much closer to many parts, than the rest of Manhattan is. Enjoy your trip!

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                      uwsister RE: lpshanet Jun 7, 2011 01:15 PM

                      We in fact haven't been to Joe Beef, so I will keep the rec in mind. I *know* M. Wells isn't all that far even though we live on the West Side, but my husband sort of has a mental block. We'll work through it though, for sure.

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                        lpshanet RE: uwsister Jun 7, 2011 01:23 PM

                        You'll be glad you went to Joe Beef, if you get a chance. As for the mental block, as a Manhattanite, I understand it well. Just tell him it's closer to you than the UES, LES, and E. Village;)

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                      nooyawka RE: uwsister Jul 13, 2011 05:14 PM

                      I wasn't crazy about M. Wells. But if you do go, suggest you bring at least party of 4 so you can better enjoy the lively atmosphere, have a lot more fun, try more of their beers, and sample more foods.

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              jvino RE: ExFlexitarian Jun 4, 2011 12:36 PM

              I had the same horrible experience at Fedora, from start to finish it was bad. The service was horrendous I don't even think i saw for the entire time we were seated. I aske dmy server if the steak sandwich was a good option telluing him I was in the mood for meat but as long at the bread was not thick and overpowers the meat. HE responds it's the best sandwich you will ever have. I order it comes to the table and guess what it was all bread, the srteak was very tasty but I couldn't taste it with all that bread. I tell the server and his response was take off the bread and just eat the steak. I was appalled if I wanted to eat a steak I would have ordered a steak. Then he doesn't even refill our wine or our water. I have never had such a bad experience.

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              239 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

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              InfoMofo RE: tbone Jun 2, 2011 05:37 AM

              I had a really terrible meal at SD26. I really liked the space, but the service and the food just weren't up to what the standard should be for a meal at that price point.

              We were seated late, service in general just seemed very apathetic. The whole iPad wine list thing seemed gimmicky and out of place. There were serious coordination issues, one of our meal orders just didn't get placed at all. The pasta dishes were just ok. The meal was generally very overpriced.

              We went for a group of four people, and by the end of the meal, I was a little embarrassed that I had picked the place.

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              SD26
              19 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010

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                Jane A. RE: InfoMofo Jun 2, 2011 05:59 AM

                Brunch at Petrossian. It's the first time in 30 years that I didn't leave any tip - and wrote why on the bill. The maitre d' was part of the problem, just not handling a real problem well (the waiter sort of forgot to put in the order!?). By the time our food arrived, I was so embarrassed (I had 2 guests) that none of us enjoyed our food which wasn't all that good anyway.

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                182 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

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                nmprisons RE: tbone Jun 2, 2011 06:40 AM

                M. Wells Diner (though that is in Queens and so I can't talk about it here) . . . so, in Manhattan . . . it would have to be a disappointing dinner at Recette that cost way more than it should have for truly ignorant service and only good food.

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                328 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

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                  Stuartmc910 RE: nmprisons Jun 2, 2011 11:57 AM

                  I'd be interested in your M. Wells experience. My wife wants to go there, and I can't see standing on line for an hour, when I can get a reservation at Toournesol in LIC.

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                    nmprisons RE: Stuartmc910 Jun 2, 2011 02:22 PM

                    I posted something on it on the outer boroughs board. Maybe you will see this before the mods delete it: Went for dinner recently and had many of the dishes that Sam Sifton later raved about. The bone marrow with escargo was fine, but no better than average, and certainly below similar marrow preparation that I have has in the city (the wonderful -- and free -- preparation at Blue Hill blows this out of the water). The salad tasted just like those make it yourself ceasars that come in a bag. The chicken with Indian spices on an english muffin for $18 was basically a wonderful english muffin with below average Indian food on it. We didn't eat a thing that night that impressed us and I frankly just can't understand the hype. Sam Sifton would probably give my kitchen two stars as well.

                    It is worth noting that the woman who greeted me at the door and offered me a beer while I waited was warm, friendly, and a wonderful host. The insulting jerk who acted as our server for the evening was one of the worst we have ever had. He literally told my girlfriend, who is in the Industry, that she didn't know anything about how to order food when she dared ask a question about the menu and then told us that certain dishes were "not for us," with no further explanation. Ugh. Maybe if they fire that joker we would give it another go for brunch or something (the english muffin was really good!), but otherwise there are better places to spend your money.

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                    75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

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                      Stuartmc910 RE: nmprisons Jun 3, 2011 09:47 AM

                      Thanks. I'll pass.

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                      kathryn RE: Stuartmc910 Jun 2, 2011 03:42 PM

                      If you go for dinner, you can make a reservation at M Wells BTW. They only serve dinner Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

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                      mla19 RE: nmprisons Jun 3, 2011 06:56 PM

                      Ugh. It was longer than 6 months ago but I too had a disappointing and extremely overpriced meal at Recette. Really stood out as one of our worst dining experiences in years.

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                      328 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

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                      Alan Henderson RE: tbone Jun 2, 2011 07:29 AM

                      I had a very underwhelming meal recently at Peasant. I would not call it down right bad, just really uncaring service, bland food and a pretty high bill at the end. Had a pasta with rabbit with almost no rabbit, and the suckling pig which managed to be one of the only times that I can ever recall not enjoying a plate of suckling pig. Hadn't been in years and will not hurry back.

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                      Peasant
                      194 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

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                        lpshanet RE: Alan Henderson Jun 7, 2011 04:40 AM

                        I haven't had any issue with the food at Peasant, although there are certainly MANY better places downtown for that style of Italian food these days. However, I have to agree that the service can be atrocious. I once had to wait an hour even though I had a reservation. And while I waited, there was never any apology, any offer of drink or snack, or any place to sit (as the bar was full). So we just literally stood in the middle of the area in front of the host stand for an hour. When I complained later, the host/manager snippily told me that maybe I should just not come back. I haven't.

                      2. princeofpork RE: tbone Jun 2, 2011 07:56 AM

                        Just had an aweful meal at The Grill Room in the FiDi. The sausage that came in the pasta was a flat patty that was cut into squares. It tasted like burnt breakfast sausage.

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                        225 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10281

                        1. sgordon RE: tbone Jun 2, 2011 08:11 AM

                          It might have been more than six months ago, but A-Wah stands out as one of my most god-awful dining experiences in recent memory, if only because there was so much hype surrounding the place. They managed to both overcook AND undercook rice in two different dishes. Everything tasted the same, and it was completely one-note and bland. The only thing with any flavor was the condiments. My old review: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/724549

                          More recently, though less of a stand-out because we weren't expecting anything, was Noah's Ark on Grand Street. My shiksa gf wanted to go there on a lark, to have the Food Of My People, and it's right near our apartment - I warned her, though, my people haven't given much to world cuisine outside of Matzo Ball Soup and Bagels & Lox. Besides, we could have just as easily gone to Katz's for deli, or Veselka for Eastern European food... but hey, she wanted to try a new place, and I'm up for anything new, maybe we'll find a hidden gem?

                          Um, no. It was VILE. And I don't use that word lightly. When we sat down, there were still remnants of other long gone patron's meals on the two tables next to us. A half-drank soda, a few pickles and some cole slaw. When we left an hour later, that stuff was STILL there. No one had cleaned it up.

                          The menu seemed like it was trying to be a Kosher Applebee's or something. You could tell the original menu items, from whenever they first opened - the classic Eastern European stuff, deli sandwiches - but then it had been tricked out over the years with fried chicken, fajitas, tacos, pastas, a little of everything it seemed - I suppose as one of the few remaining kosher restaurants in that part of town, they felt the need to have something for everyone.

                          But the food? Ugh. I decided to embrace my heritage to the fullest and go for the pastrami / chopped liver sandwich, and it was the worst chopped liver I'd ever had. To the point where I wasn't sure I'd be able to eat any liver ever again, lest it remind me of this experience. Like, for the next week if I'd been offered foie gras I'd have to politely pass. It had the texture of cat food, and there was, like, more liver than pastrami on the sandwich, so much it was oozing out the sides. The pastrami was tender, I'll give it that, but virtually flavorless.

                          Worse still was her plate - a "Combo Platter" with stuffed cabbage, kishke, and latkes. Awful, all three. Kishke is usually flavorful, but here it was just a pile of mush, cracker meal soaked in bland chicken stock and formed into a puck. No spices, no seasoning. The stuffed cabbage was more of the the same - meat inside was dry, overcooked, and flavorless, the sauce nothing more than watered-down-ketchup. And the "latkes" - I use that term loosely, as they weren't like any latkes I've ever seen - were basically just deep-fried patties of mashed potato. A McDonald's Hash Brown was closer to a latke than this thing.

                          The portions were huge, I will say ("Oh, Jesus!" I exclaimed when they set my gf's plate down, realizing in that moment that might not be something they hear too often... waitress took it in good humor, though...) - but that somehow only made it worse. I mean, I'd rather be stuck in front of a small pile of crap than a big one.

                          Now, I wasn't expecting much. Other than the occasional outliers like 2nd Ave Deli, restaurants built to serve local Orthodox / Hasidic communities usually aren't much to write home about. But this was beyond awful. I'll stick with the traif from now on.

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                          Noah's Ark
                          399 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

                          A-Wah
                          5 Catherine St, New York, NY 10038

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                            windycity RE: sgordon Jun 12, 2011 10:06 AM

                            I am going to ditto A-Wah. I had really high hopes for it based upon chowhound and NYTimes reviews. It was, as you say, a mix of undercooked and overcooked rice with not much flavor. I was really puzzled by the hype.

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                            5 Catherine St, New York, NY 10038

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                            Simon RE: tbone Jun 3, 2011 09:47 AM

                            Lotus of Siam

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                            Lotus of Siam
                            24 5th Ave, New York, NY 10003

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                              ellenost RE: Simon Jun 3, 2011 09:54 AM

                              Was it really the "worst" or the "most disappointing" (especially in light of the LOS in LV). I wold put LOS NYC in the latter category since I had such high expectations of it.

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                                Simon RE: ellenost Jun 3, 2011 01:16 PM

                                it was literally the worst meal i've had in the last six months...(i actually went there w/ very low expectations since i'd already heard bad reports...i rarely say this about a restaurant since i understand all the effort that goes into opening even a bad one and also realize that are all sorts of foods for all sorts of people: but i want this place to go out of business as soon as possible -- and the namesake now-former "owners" of the LV original agree wholeheartedly since they removed themselves from all association with it...my review is on the long LOS thread from a few months back)...

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                                  ellenost RE: Simon Jun 3, 2011 01:22 PM

                                  Guess I won't be going back to give them a second chance. Thanks for saving me! I hadn't read much about LOS since the LV owners disassociated themselves with the NYC LOS.

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                                    Simon RE: ellenost Jun 3, 2011 02:10 PM

                                    the other two worst meals (from much longer ago than six months) that stand out in my memory were at the hopefully-defunct-King-Seafood in Chinatown (like 2 or 3 years ago) and at Il Cantinori (like 8 years ago)...i'm sure i'm repressing some worse meal though ;)

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                              Foodluva RE: tbone Jun 3, 2011 04:06 PM

                              The Dutch. Fried Oyster sliders underwhelming and lacking salt. The pork chop was tough and also under seasoned. I thought most places like this brined their chops. In any case, I recognize it was week two and they were still working on things. Service was great and after explaining my disappointment they took the chop of the bill without even asking. Nonetheless the intention was to serve me a $29 bland pork chop.

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                              The Dutch
                              131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

                              1. Berheenia RE: tbone Jun 4, 2011 01:44 PM

                                Campanile- Italian spot in Murray Hill. I posted about this disaster meal in May.

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                                Campanile
                                30 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

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                                  PetiteSyrah RE: tbone Jun 4, 2011 04:04 PM

                                  I posted about it at length, but the worst meal I have had in the last 6 months HAS to be at Graffit. Totally uninspired food, poorly prepared, with AWFUL (laughable) service.

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                                  141 W 69th St, New York, NY 10023

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                                    chewch RE: tbone Jun 5, 2011 07:34 AM

                                    My worst was Imperial No. 9 in the Mondrian in Soho. We waited for 45 minutes for our reservation and the hostesses didn't care at all. The food was mostly miss, but the worst part was that it's meant to be shared plates except that it's not tapas - the dishes are still appetizer, entrees, sides. What that really means is that they just sent out items whenever they're ready, so you might get your side of beets, then your entree, then your appetizer. Some of the items we ordered were cold. The desserts were awful.

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                                    9 Crosby St, New York, NY 10013

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                                      squid kun RE: chewch Jun 7, 2011 01:36 PM

                                      BTW the NYT just weighed in with a big fat zero ... http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/08/din...

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                                        chewch RE: squid kun Jun 7, 2011 02:08 PM

                                        Sifton nailed it. It's also an exact reflection of the hotel, the rooms and the competency of its staff.

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                                          msny98 RE: chewch Jun 7, 2011 03:19 PM

                                          Well, I'll have to hit it for a drink... just to check out what could be so bad. I really enjoy reading the bad reviews more than the good ones.

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                                            chewch RE: msny98 Jun 9, 2011 12:51 PM

                                            It's fun people watching for a drink. The drinks are a bit on the sweet side according to my husband, but I always order the classics which they did decently.

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                                      downtownchica RE: tbone Jun 5, 2011 05:45 PM

                                      Tamarind Tribeca. I really wanted to like it because it's so close to where I live, but there's no way I'd be willing to give it a second try. Service was terrible--waiter talked to fast and was really pushy and at the same time didn't know what any of the appetizers were besides the samosas. We ordered a cauliflower appetizer that seemed to be coated in sticky cornflakes and made me worry it could take a filing out and the uttapum, which was just burnt on bottom. For main course, we got okra and channa masala. The okra was slimy, greasy, cold, and completely inedible. We couldn't find our server to send it back, though the maitre'd eventually came to our rescue. When we got it back, our server insisted it was a fresh batch, but it was clearly just the old slimy okra reheated. When were again unable to choke more than a bite down, the maitre'd came over again, though at this point we were ready to leave and go somewhere else for coffee and dessert. He insisted that the dish should be good and went downstairs to supervise the cooking of a new batch. On the third try, the dish was in fact decent, but it was just too late. Not even the free drinks that were sent our way could salvage the meal.

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                                      99 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

                                      1. princeofpork RE: tbone Jun 7, 2011 05:50 AM

                                        We just walked out of Cavetappo on 3rd after sitting for 15 min with menus and no one coming to take an order or give us water.

                                        There were 3 other tables occupied in the place.

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                                          PUMPKIN27 RE: tbone Jun 7, 2011 06:49 AM

                                          Great question. Mine was hands down Imperial No. 9 -- the service was actually quite good but the food was so bad we were all in awe that it was actually making it on to our table plate after plate. We were a table of 6, so I had a chance to taste a good portion of the menu. Still in shock when I think of how bad it all was, and even more shocked when I saw the 2 star review given by Adam Platt.

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                                            uwsister RE: tbone Jul 9, 2011 02:47 PM

                                            I know most of you are aware of this, but The Mill in Morningside Heights took the cake for the worst meal in recent memory. I have known for a long time that it's mediocre at best, having been there a few times during my undergrad years. However, a couple days ago I was badly craving Korean food, and being sick I couldn't venture out of the apartment so I decided to order delivery from Mill. I had zero expectations, all I wanted was edible, decent Korean food, wasn't even expecting good - even ordered most basic items (bibimbap and seafood pancakes) yet they managed to mess both of them up. Extremely greasy pancakes that barely contained a few pieces of squid, cold rice, and watery pickled vegetables. I will never, ever order from them ever again. My husband (who detests Chinese food) said "You should've ordered Chinese." I don't know how they stay in business - if there were any other Korean restaurant within 40 blocks, they wouldn't survive.

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                                              small h RE: uwsister Jul 10, 2011 06:54 PM

                                              Your undergrad years were later than my undergrad years, 'cause in my undergrad years, The Mill was the quintessential greasy spoon diner, where breakfast is served all day (and "a cute tomato on your sandwich" would set you back fifty cents). It's where I ate eggs over easy with hot sauce on buttered white toast for lunch four or five times a week, and it was perfect. I was still milling (heh) around there in my grad years, during The Mill's morph into a Korean restaurant. I am saddened, but not surprised, to learn that it now sucks.

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                                                Simon RE: small h Jul 11, 2011 06:19 AM

                                                i'm rarely in that area, but i have a couple new friends who live there, so i'll tell them to avoid the Mill in its current incarnation...

                                                as sidenote, i coincidentally was/am eating eggs w/ hot sauce (at home) as i read this post :)

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                                                  penthouse pup RE: small h Jul 11, 2011 07:18 AM

                                                  In those days, Morris ran the store and Benny was behind the counter (though he was Latino, he also spoke Yiddish.)

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                                                    small h RE: penthouse pup Jul 11, 2011 02:20 PM

                                                    And Rene brought me my food and called me Blondie, which was his nickname for any woman, of any hair color, who was not Hispanic. Including African American women.

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                                                      uwsister RE: small h Jul 11, 2011 03:32 PM

                                                      LOL! That made me smile. Hey Blondie!

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                                                        penthouse pup RE: small h Jul 11, 2011 03:33 PM

                                                        Yes, I remember Rene! Good call. Boy, was the Mill a superior place to park oneself (especially when the wallet was thin) compared to Tom's or the College Inn...I never liked egg creams but they did those, as well.

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                                                          uwsister RE: penthouse pup Jul 11, 2011 04:02 PM

                                                          So my question is, was Tom's EVER good?

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                                                            penthouse pup RE: uwsister Jul 11, 2011 06:34 PM

                                                            Stopped going to Tom's after the second cheesecake slice had the same mold at the bottom No: Tom's was never good in my book, and while I appreciated Betty (not sure if she was around when you were there), Tom's was off the list pretty quick...Of course, nothing on Broadway was any good really when I (and maybe you?) were there...Take-Home? The Rail had a cheap steak and a beer (why complain?) and Mama Joy's cost me a day's worth of food money for the roast beef hero and quart of OJ but otherwise? Forlini's? Run away. West End? Yucch. I think you know what I mean. ( We might start a nostalgia thread about Chinese places on Broadway--another subject.)

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                                                              uwsister RE: penthouse pup Jul 11, 2011 07:05 PM

                                                              Now there are a couple decent places on Broadway - Mel's Burger Bar, Community Food & Juice. West End is now Havana Central.

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                                                                RichardMW RE: penthouse pup Dec 9, 2012 08:30 PM

                                                                My last meal at Tom's was as a graduate student in 1964, with 3 friends. All 4 of us spent the night on the toilet with diarrhea. Never again.

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                                                        uwsister RE: small h Jul 11, 2011 08:31 AM

                                                        Oh yeah, I'm a relatively recent graduate. I'm sure the Mill was MUCH better as that incarnation! It's never been good Korean food, but past couple times (my husband reminded me I tried it again about a year ago and hated it then too - I apparently forgot) it's been borderline inedible. Never again! It's funny that they kept the name after the transition though - mill actually means "wheat" in Korean.

                                                        It's good to see CU alumna 'hounds :)

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                                                          small h RE: uwsister Jul 11, 2011 02:32 PM

                                                          As I remember it, the transition was gradual. A Korean person bought The Mill and began adding Korean dishes to the menu - jap chae alongside grilled cheese. Eventually all the non-Korean stuff disappeared.

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                                                        plf515 RE: uwsister Feb 18, 2013 02:29 PM

                                                        The Mill is awful. I don't know how you make Korean food flavorless, but they manage

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                                                        Ricky RE: tbone Jul 9, 2011 08:01 PM

                                                        The Modern Dining Room, maybe it was because it was the Friday night of a 3 day July 4th weekend and we had the B team working the dining room and kitchen, or maybe it was because I asked for a nice table during my reservation confirmation, mentioned it was my wife's birthday. Stale verbena popcorn with the amuse. Ice cold butter with over toasted hard bread. Really rancid mussels in the oven roasted trumpet mushrooms. Poussin had a weird medicinal taste. Service totally ignored us, we interacted with bus boys all night. No concern about our unfinished plates. Also noticed everyone who was sat by the glass windows was ignored all night. Just a really bad meal overall.

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                                                        9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

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                                                          nmprisons RE: Ricky Jul 11, 2011 05:47 AM

                                                          Very sorry to hear that. Just goes to show that even the city's best have off (if not truly terrible) nights/tables sometimes.

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                                                            KingsKetz RE: Ricky Jul 11, 2011 11:44 AM

                                                            I would write them and tell them what went wrong. It's too expensive a dinner (and I do think they have pride of place) to just leave and not say anything. I would be surprised if they didn't try to make it right for you. My experiences at the restaurant have always been good or better than good so I think you should give them a chance.

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                                                              Ricky RE: KingsKetz Jul 11, 2011 12:18 PM

                                                              I understand restaurants have off nights where 1 or 2 things go wrong, a few service blips, but I'm not sure if I can bring myself back to a place of that caliber that will send out seafood that is straight out of Kitchen Nightmares.

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                                                                buttertart RE: Ricky Jul 14, 2011 11:57 AM

                                                                I loved the Modern the first two times we went but there were serious issues of a similar nature the last time (and we were seated by the window, incidentally). It's no longer on my I can't wait to go back there list, that's for sure.

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                                                              jjbourgeois RE: Ricky Dec 4, 2012 07:32 AM

                                                              I'm astounded to hear about your experience. The times spouse and I have dined there it's been fabulous. Service has always been spot on and never a problem with the food. We request Darnell as our server, one of the best.

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                                                                buttertart RE: jjbourgeois Dec 4, 2012 07:16 PM

                                                                We had a much better experience last September.

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                                                              fitzpth RE: tbone Jul 11, 2011 08:49 AM

                                                              I have a feeling I might catch some heat from some folks here, but the Pizza at Eatly was awful. I know what it was supposed to be a bit watery in the center, but this was just too much. I think I had high expectations of this pizza, but between the way too watery center, the bitterness of the crust and the 45min wait to get seated, it was a flop.

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                                                              Eataly
                                                              200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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                                                                Delucacheesemonger RE: fitzpth Jul 13, 2011 04:20 PM

                                                                Yes, the pizza at Eataly was dreadful. The toppings slid off the flaccid crust. l looked, l paid, l left.

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                                                                winniewilliams RE: tbone Jul 11, 2011 04:23 PM

                                                                Services was rude and slow. Food was not worth eating. The best you can say is if you are a sports fan they have lots of screens

                                                                1. hungryinmanhattan RE: tbone Jul 11, 2011 06:57 PM

                                                                  Rosa Mexicano at Lincoln Center. The dish was the Chicken Suizas. The tortillas were dry. The chicken was under-seasoned.The beans has almost no seasoning at all. It was the worst Mexican food I have had in the city.

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                                                                  61 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10023

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                                                                    JessicaMadeline RE: tbone Jul 12, 2011 06:54 PM

                                                                    NOT A FAN of Fatty Crab on Hudson St.

                                                                    Went there for a Thus night meal -- there were four of us. Really disappointing for such a highly regarded -- and pricey -- spot. Here's why:

                                                                    - The place was blasting music as if they were trying to fill a club, when the restaurant is really small.

                                                                    - Waiter was quite snarky and too-cool-for-school, which struck me as especially strange given it took him about 20 mins to come over and bring us water. No apology, no warmth, etc.

                                                                    - We were told to order lots of small plates, and that the food would come out fast and furious. We didn't see the first plate until about 45 mins after placing it.

                                                                    - Food was not tasty, but maybe that's just my opinion, b/c the other folks I was w/ liked it.

                                                                    - Had to literally wave arms like a crazy person to get any staffer's attention. They were all chatting and hanging by the bar area.

                                                                    - No apology for any of the delayed service.

                                                                    I won't go back.

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                                                                    643 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

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                                                                      nmprisons RE: JessicaMadeline Jul 12, 2011 07:16 PM

                                                                      I concur.

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                                                                        Simon RE: JessicaMadeline Jul 12, 2011 08:20 PM

                                                                        i've never been but have generally read awful reviews of the place...the one time i peeked in, the vibe was so icky that retreated quickly

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                                                                        nooyawka RE: tbone Jul 13, 2011 03:50 PM

                                                                        Yama, Irving and 17th. Starting with the sour-faced maitre d', to the disappearing waiter to the failure to ask "would you like to order any dessert" before giving us our check, to the failure to ask an excessively boisterous party to lower their voices in the very low-ceilinged claustrophobic dining room, to the sour-faced matire d' failing to acknowledge or thank us upon leaving, uh...that might have been one of the more memorable less-than-pleasant dining experiences in the last 6 months.

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                                                                        122 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

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                                                                          Simon RE: nooyawka Jul 13, 2011 04:39 PM

                                                                          that Yama was part of a local tv news story on restaurants with, errrr, problems...what the hidden camera showed wasn't pretty...

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                                                                            nooyawka RE: Simon Jul 13, 2011 05:05 PM

                                                                            Didn't know that. Probably best that I don't. Ignorance is bliss. Tried it on my friend's request (years ago, we tried the old Houston St. location, now defunct, and our feeling was that it was satisfactory). I want to be fair. I thought the sashimi (we both had it) was okay. The atmosphere though was lousy. And it is possible the staff were cranky because of the loud table (or so I was hoping). A couple of strategically-timed dirty looks to them didn't get the message across either :) Oh, well, c'est la vie.

                                                                            Though I have no reason to return when Sharaku on 9th, off 3rd Avenue, in the East Village, gives good value, good quality, good service in a much more comfy atmosphere.

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                                                                            loratliff RE: nooyawka Nov 30, 2012 07:50 PM

                                                                            The Yama on Carmine Street isn't much better. We waited. And waited. And waited to order. Then waited and waited and waited to be served our food, and were completely ignored in the meantime by our rude, sour-faced server. We left a tip in accordance with the (lack of) service.

                                                                            Server followed us out of the restaurant to ask if the tip was intentional. Boyfriend looked at the check again, said "Yep!" and we were on our way, but it gets better...

                                                                            Looking at online banking the next day, said server decided to give himself a little bonus tip. We had the charges reversed for the whole dinner.

                                                                          3. LeahBaila RE: tbone Jul 14, 2011 12:35 PM

                                                                            Hung-Ry

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                                                                              buttertart RE: LeahBaila Jul 14, 2011 01:05 PM

                                                                              Stupidest, stupidest, stupidest restaurant NAME in a long time on top of it.

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                                                                                LeahBaila RE: buttertart Jul 15, 2011 04:50 AM

                                                                                Amen!

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                                                                                  InfoMofo RE: buttertart Jul 15, 2011 08:55 AM

                                                                                  I think "Eataly" may have them beat. I still cringe a little when I say it.

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                                                                                    buttertart RE: InfoMofo Jul 15, 2011 08:58 AM

                                                                                    For some reason that doesn't bother me as much, but yes, it's tacky. Hung Ry (I hate even typing it) annoys me especially because it's selfconsciously Asian-y-ish.

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                                                                                      H Manning RE: buttertart Jul 15, 2011 09:49 AM

                                                                                      LOL... and here I was thinking Hung Ry was just subliminal posturing for a place that sells thick hand pulled noodes, Sigh.... it's been a long day....

                                                                                      I've been there twice though and enjoyed the food and service a lot.

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                                                                                  JeremyEG RE: LeahBaila Feb 18, 2013 10:03 PM

                                                                                  We had a horrible meal there. I don't know what was going on but it was among the worst noodle dish I'd ever had and our table as well as the others around us were all comped, most without asking. I got the sense that they were under new ownership or had just made some drastic change.
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                                                                                3. D...DF RE: tbone Jul 14, 2011 01:13 PM

                                                                                  I wanted to like it, but Nuela was fairly horrendous and very overpriced. The service was clueless to boot.

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                                                                                  43 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

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                                                                                    uwsister RE: D...DF Jul 14, 2011 03:31 PM

                                                                                    What did you have at Nuela? I've been meaning to go to try their duck rice.

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                                                                                      D...DF RE: uwsister Jul 15, 2011 01:11 PM

                                                                                      Pork belly appetizer (teensy, dry), a couple of really sad ceviches, and a cooked fish about which I remember nothing. Did not try the duck rice.

                                                                                  2. tbone RE: tbone Sep 19, 2012 07:01 AM

                                                                                    Just had such a horrid meal. Tri-Tip Grill in Rockefeller Center. Meat was disgusting. Salty and of really poor quality. Makes Tad's look like Peter Lugers!!

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                                                                                      knucklesandwich RE: tbone Sep 19, 2012 07:17 AM

                                                                                      Flex Mussels. "The Classic"; worst rendition of moules mariniere ever. Stale minced gariic straight from a jar., and mussels cooked down to rubbery pellets.

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                                                                                        eastvillagegirl RE: knucklesandwich Dec 3, 2012 08:46 PM

                                                                                        I couldn't agree more about Flex Mussels -- horrendous food and lackluster service. Have been to them all, and they're all bad.

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                                                                                          knucklesandwich RE: eastvillagegirl Dec 4, 2012 06:54 AM

                                                                                          Thank you!

                                                                                      2. LeahBaila RE: tbone Sep 19, 2012 08:04 AM

                                                                                        Scallop entree at Crema

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                                                                                          foodwhisperer RE: LeahBaila Sep 19, 2012 12:23 PM

                                                                                          Ice cold burger at Tribeca Tap Room

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                                                                                          r32nissan RE: tbone Sep 19, 2012 07:29 PM

                                                                                          Casa mono. Without a doubt. Foie gras was covered in a sickly sweet sauce which dominated and overpowered everything. The razor clams were full of grit (I expect some, but not the level I received....even the same dish from a small stall in barcelona didnt have this level of grit). The scallop and cantalope dish was strange.

                                                                                          I must also state that this experience may have been tainted by the staff standing at the doorway as my wife and I were approaching and making inappropriate gestures to each other (presumably about my wife's appearance) prior to knowing we were headed for one of their tables.

                                                                                          On a positive note, the wine suggestion was excellent.

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                                                                                            sam1 RE: r32nissan Nov 30, 2012 02:55 PM

                                                                                            ouch...what kind of gestures? i love casa mono.

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                                                                                              r32nissan RE: sam1 Dec 2, 2012 07:24 AM

                                                                                              Essentially whispering and getting other staff attention to come to the doorway to see my wife approach. Basically the equivalent of teenagers saying "check out this one coming by".

                                                                                              I just found it obvious and rude. I should have known to leave right then though.

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                                                                                                Simon RE: r32nissan Dec 2, 2012 10:11 AM

                                                                                                i'm not surprised: Casa Mono has some of the rudest front-of-house staff i've ever seen in NYC...i refuse to go there, even though it's a stone's throw from my home and i love Spanish food...

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                                                                                                  dyrewolf RE: r32nissan Dec 4, 2012 07:10 AM

                                                                                                  The upside is you have the attractive wife, the servers had to bring you dinner and then you left with the pretty woman on your arm...

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                                                                                                    sam1 RE: dyrewolf Dec 4, 2012 05:29 PM

                                                                                                    oddly enough, i had dinner just a few days ago at casa mono. the food was good...not as great as it used to be. maybe just no longer interesting or new for me. i like the foh woman...considering how packed it is, she is friendly. what i was surprised about what the up-sell i received from the sommelier. the waitress was also not really friendly but rather cold which was unexpected.

                                                                                                    just figured id share this recent experience. maybe its time to move on from casa mono.

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                                                                                                      r32nissan RE: dyrewolf Dec 7, 2012 03:36 PM

                                                                                                      Agreed :)

                                                                                              2. tbone RE: tbone Sep 20, 2012 10:27 AM

                                                                                                Recently ate at Soccarat and ordered the Paella. After being told that the prices on the menu are not the actual prices, since they show a price for a one person order but, you must order a two person minimun, we received our Paella. We could not see any ingredients mixed within the rice and, our waiter had to take it back to the kitchen as he couldn't find it either! Then he came back and pointed out microscopic pieces of seafood and said, they must chop it up and mix it into the Paella!! We ate our very expensive kids meal and left!!!

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                                                                                                  gracefoster RE: tbone Nov 30, 2012 01:03 PM

                                                                                                  Kin Shop. Should have known when they said the crab in the crab & noodle dish was "very small so you may not see it." Right-o. Expensive, too!

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                                                                                                    debinqueens RE: gracefoster Nov 30, 2012 04:17 PM

                                                                                                    Les Halles. a blanket of cheese could not hide the burnt onions and old tasting "beef" (or was it sponge mop?) broth, and the steak frites had a distinctly airplane taste. worst of all was the service. we joked at the end of the evening that we thought the waitress had forgotten us and gone home. when we asked where the heck our check was, we found out she had done just that. seriously.

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                                                                                                      PUMPKIN27 RE: gracefoster Nov 30, 2012 04:53 PM

                                                                                                      I still don't get Kin Shop. So many blogs/chefs/blahblahblah give them such kudos and I've never had an even mediocre meal there, ever (that's 3 times total...). I feel like Kin Shop has black and white, embarrassing photos on the entire food industry.

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                                                                                                        sam1 RE: PUMPKIN27 Dec 1, 2012 03:44 PM

                                                                                                        im with you on kin shop. went a few weeks after they opened and just couldnt understand the love the place was receiving. i like dieterle and perilla quite a bit but cant think of going to kin shop when there's so many amazing thai places in queens for 1/3 the price.

                                                                                                    2. tbone RE: tbone Dec 7, 2012 02:52 PM

                                                                                                      Arlington Club. Could have been the worst steak ever!! We ordered it rare and, it was covered in a dark awful char. Sides were overcooked and dry as well!!!

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                                                                                                        drumwine RE: tbone Dec 8, 2012 02:23 PM

                                                                                                        Joanne Trattoria....food so boring I think I dozed off...or was that a Gaga song?

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                                                                                                        gracefoster RE: tbone Feb 18, 2013 12:39 PM

                                                                                                        Brunch at the Breslin. Entrees are loaded with heavy handed sauces, some were barely eatable - and it's expensive! Definitely not for foodies. But if you're looking for a young, hip scene and a great bar, i'm sure it's fun.

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                                                                                                          kathryn RE: gracefoster Feb 18, 2013 02:54 PM

                                                                                                          Wow, that hasn't been my experience at all. What dishes did you order?

                                                                                                          Never had an issue with the fried peanut butter banana sandwich, lamb burger, English breakfast, baked eggs w/ chorizo, or grilled cheese.

                                                                                                          Was it the pancakes (they change that prep all the time)?

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                                                                                                            gracefoster RE: kathryn Feb 18, 2013 03:09 PM

                                                                                                            Yes, the pancakes were part of the problem. 3 thin pancakes that still managed to be soggy due to a heavy handed sauce, on top of all the butter in the batter. The baked eggs w/chorizo dish was drowned in spiced tomato that overwhelmed the other flavors; still not sure I was even eating chorizo. We took a quick peek at Menupages when we got home just to see what the general public is saying and it seems our experience is not unusual. So disappointed.

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                                                                                                              gwh912 RE: gracefoster Feb 18, 2013 04:51 PM

                                                                                                              Interesting. Breslin remains my favorite brunch in the city - between delicious pastry basket, lamb burger, and any of the egg or pancake based renditions we have had, it always satisfies..

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                                                                                                          drumwine RE: tbone Feb 18, 2013 09:41 PM

                                                                                                          Joanne Trattoria--flavorless, dry food

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