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jillhersh Jan 29, 2012 08:18 AM

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.

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Pub 199
199 Howard Blvd, Mount Arlington, NJ 07856

  1. ttoommyy Jan 29, 2012 09:39 AM

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

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    1. re: ttoommyy
      drongo Jan 29, 2012 10:05 AM

      "He" would be George Markou, owner of Pub 199. Here he is on his property with a giant pumpkin! ... http://newjerseyhills.com/roxbury_reg...

      1. re: drongo
        ttoommyy Jan 29, 2012 12:28 PM

        Ok. Thanks.

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      Mary72182 Jan 29, 2012 03:57 PM

      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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        jillhersh Jan 29, 2012 07:21 PM

        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.

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        fourunder Jan 29, 2012 10:46 PM

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

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        1. re: fourunder
          Pedr0 Jan 29, 2012 11:02 PM

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

           
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            fourunder Jan 29, 2012 11:29 PM

            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.

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              jillhersh Jan 30, 2012 06:33 AM

              thanks for posting that...

          2. creamfinger Jan 30, 2012 01:19 AM

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

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              jillhersh Jan 30, 2012 06:43 AM

              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."

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              coldbeer Jan 30, 2012 07:17 AM

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

              1. tommy Jan 30, 2012 10:28 AM

                I've heard pub 199 described as many things, but "overpriced" is not one of them.

                1. dan Feb 1, 2012 12:52 PM

                  Pub 199 is great if you want to eat 24 clams and drink a pitcher of beer.

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                  Pub 199
                  199 Howard Blvd, Mount Arlington, NJ 07856

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