We went last night, and was disappointed in the presentation and overall quality of the food. We got there as soon as they opened at 5:00, so we thought we would get a little extra attention. When we walked in the door, we were "greeted" by who we think was an/the owner. He greeted us as if he were starting another work day saying, "OK, let's get this dinner shift out of the way". Sitting down, a basket of bread with olive oil was put on our table, water was poured, and we were asked for a drink order. My wife ordered a glass of wine, and I ordered a beer. When I was told they were out of my selection, I ordered another brand. The owner came back and told me they were out of that one also. I asked what did they have, and made my selection from that. They were also out of the tuna and pork chops.
We ordered the crab cakes to share as an appetizer. I ordered a cup of clam chowder and the fried clams with cole slaw and french fries. My wife ordered the fried shrimp with steamed vegetables. Several other people walked in and were seated. Their orders were taken, and they received their apps well before we did. The table just in back of us received a 2nd basket of bread while our waiter walked past our table several times without looking twice at us. A conversation which took place between the owner and that table addressed the question of eating at a fish restaurant on a Monday, with the freshness of the fish in question. His response was, "What do you think, the food today was caught yesterday? Everything is put on ice and can last several days until it's used." So much for the illusion of being on the New York docks picking out fish to be served that day.
The crab cakes came, small (a little larger than the size of an old silver dollar) and a bit overdone for our liking, with a choice of two sauces; tartar and a garlicky mayo, which as tasty. The clam chowder was thick, creamy, and exceptional.
It seemed like forever before our meals came, maybe just because we skipped lunch and were extra hungry. The 6 shrimp on my wife's plate were good but did not look like a meal costing $22. My clams were OK. I was hoping for the chewy, moist, full belly clams that burst in your mouth when you bite down on them, but was dissappointed. Although there was an ample amount, the quality wasn't what I expected from a bona fide clam house. The fries were ok, and the cole slaw was quite good, served in a plastic cup.
I guess the worst part of the entire experience was the fact that the service didn't seem to be overly courteous, especially being one of the first patrons in that night. Our dirty dishes from the appetizers remained on our table until the dinner dishes were cleared. There was a steady stream of customers coming in for dinner while we were there, so I guess there are people who find this restaurant desirable.
Bottom line, we wouldn't make a special trip to go back, and wouldn't recommend the restaurant to friends. For a meal that cost $100 including tip, we could have had a meal just as good at a fish place closer to home for half the price.
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