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Oct 17, 2013 06:11 PM

Drake 150?

Hi all! Has anyone been to Drake 150 yet? Any comments?

I am supposed to go for lunch tomorrow. Tried their website - the Press, Twitter and Hot Blog sections are all up and running. Can't find a menu anywhere on the 150 site. I may be blind, maybe it is there, but I am already annoyed that the PR is in full swing but can't be bothered to put up a menu.


Edit: just saw Abbey's Kitchen blog. The photos are wonderful,; the decor is seizure inducing.

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  1. CC, I have the set menus in pdf, you can pm me if you need it. I think it is still soft-opening phase.
    Otherwise, this is their un-official (limited) flickr menu:

    Last week I shared some seasonal salads and pizzas with others - nothing horrible, nothing stood out. I'd say the quality is similar to dinner at The Drake on a busy night, in a newer, and smaller space.

    PS. Music is Very Loud, even on a Wed night.

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    1. re: happycamper

      Thanks Happy Camper. The photos were really helpful!

      Your assessment was pretty much the opinion I had going in -- mediocrity. :S

      Anyway, will report back after lunch, unless I am at the pharmacy looking for Topomax.

    2. Had the steak frites at lunch. Food as advertised - it's fine/not memorable. Fries were cold.

      Service was great.

      Decor was offputting - 50s diner meets LSD trip...
      Very loud.

      Cross between real hipsters and old(er) Bay Streeters trying to pretend to be hipsters.

      Won't be rushing back. Not my thing.

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      1. re: CocoaChanel

        I'm surprised there are any hipsters there...I thought it would be all corporate. The old drake was pretty much all corporate types, just in a hipster neighborhood.

        1. re: szw

          They were there front and centre. They put us corporate types t the back :)

          1. re: CocoaChanel

            When we were in on Friday the bar was PACKED with suits - mostly of the male variety. The only hipster I saw were the ones working there which I kind of expected given it is the Drake.

      2. Had lunch there last Friday. I agree, the decor is pretty bad. Feels like a more upscale version of a Johnny Rockets. I haven't been to the Drake, so don't know how this version compares.

        However...the good news was the burger. In my opinion, the best downtown (financial district specifically) burger. 30 day dry aged short rib. You could really taste the funk. Ordered medium rare. Very juicy. Nice bun. Bacon was there, but not overpowering. And the fries were really good too, especially with the flavoured mayo on the side (i requested mayo). Definitely an upscale burger, which doesn't appeal to everyone. But I really liked it. $21. Not a big rippoff like Bymark and way better than what you can get at some of the nearby chains (e.g. Earls).

        Service was pretty good.

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        1. re: grandgourmand

          Curious if you have had the burger from Richmond Station and if that is included in your comparison for best burger downtown?

          1. re: ylsf

            it is not…haven't had it yet. take my rating with a grain of salt as the sample size is small. but yeah, i should get up to richmond station at some point.

        2. Went for an early dinner on Friday. The bar area was packed but we were one of the first tables to be seated.

          I hated the decor. I feel like it was just a big mess and for some strange reason makes it feel very chain-like IMO.

          Service was good, food was meh. I think it would be a good place for drinks when you're in that area but I won't be back to eat anytime soon.

          We had the "charred" octopus salad, mushy, fishy and lacking in any sort of charring. We also had the radicchio and burrata salad, the burrata was lovely and the marcona almonds were a nice touch but the salad was really overdressed and for something called a radicchio salad there was actually very little radicchio to be found on the plate.

          We shared the forager mushroom and ramp pizza. The mushrooms were slightly under cooked and still releasing a water and the ramps were replaced with overdressed arugula which we weren't told when we placed our order - only when it arrived at our table. We were really bummed b/c we wanted the ramps.

          With two drinks and tax the bill was $90.

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          1. re: JennaBean

            yeah, i saw that forager pizza on the menu. didn't think ramps were available in november...must be frozen? i don't know.

              1. re: MissBingBing

                I thought they would be pickled. But nope. No go.

          2. I can't sit in a restaurant where dinner conversation is impossible. Reason enough to avoid:

            Review by Joanna Kates today, not positive.