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Going to Two Toms for dinner tomorrow, first time. What to order, what to expect?

vvv03 Jan 11, 2013 10:52 AM

A group is going to dinner tomorrow at Two Toms, mostly because we are all very curious. I am a first gen Italian and think I have pretty good taste in food. Generally shun spaghetti and meatballs kind of places but if nothing else, I'm game. Obviously I know that this place is the opposite of fancy and I can probably guess the entire menu without looking at it. My question is, what do they do well besides the pork chops, which we will certainly order? And is the wine awful? I'm not a wine snob. When in italy we always order the house wines and that's generally perfect for a casual meal. But in the US bad wine can be really bad. Is it at least drinkable? There will be drinking with this crowd. Finally, any cool bar recs in Gowanus for afterwards would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. Steve R RE: vvv03 Jan 14, 2013 06:27 AM

    I havent been in 20 years so I didnt feel I should give any advice based on hearsay. But, I gotta ask.... how was it?

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      vvv03 RE: Steve R Jan 16, 2013 11:23 AM

      It was everything I expected -- zero ambience, terrible lighting, bad food, the wine barely drinkable. But it was an experience and it was packed and -- here is the important thing -- the one thing they truly do like real Italians is they don't turn tables. we were a party of 7, seated at 8pm and we left at 1am. No pressure whatsoever. I'm glad I went, but I don't have to go back. (And the pork chop isn't all that.)

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        Hank Stamper RE: vvv03 Jan 18, 2013 06:38 AM

        Thanks, you saved me a trip! Bad food, bad wine, zero ambience ...but you can stay as long as you want. LOL

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          egit RE: vvv03 Jan 18, 2013 12:29 PM

          My goodness, it sounds like you came to my apartment for dinner!

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            quentinC RE: egit Jan 18, 2013 01:28 PM

            That is the FUNNIEST

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