My wife and I decided to try UPTOWN once again as it had been some time since our last visit. (We were here for Breakfast on a Saturday.) Again, I look at all aspects of a restaurant prior to providing a rating as it is the overall experience that is important.
Seating alongside one (antique brick) wall is comprised of a continuous bench seat, complete with comfy cushions while your dining partner contends with a single, somewhat uncomfortable wooden chair. Dining tables along this section are extremely small and, in most cases, cannot properly accommodate the place settings in which your food is served.
Unless your actually eating, or drinking your beverage, folding your hands in your lap is the only other option as there is little left in the way of table resting space. Also, our table was unable to sit firmly on the floor and wobbled side to side.
While our food was more than acceptable our Server did not stop by to ask if everything was acceptable. Also, it was obvious that our Server was engaged in conversation with friends at another table and could have, for example, asked if we wanted more coffee or tea. I had to walk over to the counter and ask our Server for a refill on my coffee. It should be noted that only three other tables were occupied at the time of our visit.
With respect to cost, it is recognized that this is Montclair and pricing reflects the cost of local real estate. However, $3.00 for a cup of coffee would be pushing the envelope. My wife ordered French Toast. I had Eggs Benedict; coffee for me, tea for her. Our tab came to a little over $27.00. Although the interior fixtures and furnishings of UPTOWN were mostly pleasing, if not NYish, there remained somewhat of a distant and standoffish vibe that the staff seemed to project during our dining experience.
In summary, I would probably patronize one of our Fav restaurants, instead of UPTOWN, when looking to go out for Breakfast where customer service provides a welcome feeling and the cost to enjoy the overall experience is much more reasonable.
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