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Jan 29, 2012 08:18 AM

Worst experience ever

Pub 199 in Mt. Arlington - We had a terrible experience here. We should have been tipped off where he printed on the menu "nothing here is free" - the food was a waste. The steak took 5 minutes to chew each bite and the steamers were rubbery. Nothing on the menu was really appealing and i don't have to tell you by now you should know that he doesn't offer tap water, only overpriced bottles of Poland Spring. So our table of 5 split an 8 oz bottle of water.
The atmosphere is really weird and the poor wait staff has to deal with "what, you charge for that?" all the time. I swear, if the ketchup wasn't on the table, i am sure he'd charge for that too.
IF you like crappy iceberg lettuce, pre-breaded frozen fish filets and processed food, then this is your place.
If i could give this review no stars, i would have. These people are CHEAP and the food is overpriced and sub-par.

Pub 199
199 Howard Blvd, Mount Arlington, NJ 07856

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  1. Who's the "he" you keep referring to?

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    1. re: ttoommyy

      "He" would be George Markou, owner of Pub 199. Here he is on his property with a giant pumpkin! ...

    2. Not certain but I think it's illegal to not serve tap water....not to mention completely rude and messed up!

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      1. re: Mary72182

        that's what i thought. I was asking my party this during the meal! I forgot to add that they charge for extra servings of clarified butter that comes with the clams.

      2. Did you really split an 8 ounce bottle of water between five?

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        1. re: fourunder

          You'd think they wouldn't allow that with their 1 drink per customer minimum.

          1. re: Pedr0

            Very nice....

            Is the Steak & Lobster / Steak & Clams price still around $20? If so, the drink requirement really is not offensive in my opinion. It's simply a condition for a special.

            for the record, I don't recall anyone ever claiming the steak to be any good....just cheap.

          2. This was really your worst experience ever? It wouldn't even make my top 10.

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            1. re: creamfinger

              I guess that i have been spoiled over the years by good service, good food and respect for the patron. Perhaps i should have titled this post as "Worst $73 ever spent."

            2. If you like eating clams from the Raritan Bay, this is your spot.