Went to Judy's for a Valentine's day lunch. The hostess was on the phone for about ten minutes while we waited. no one else came to seat us. She gave us quarters for the meter. My boyfriend went to pay the meter and I was seated at a table for two and waited. Eventually the waitress came over.
i asked for a water, and got one in a glass that was streaked with food residue. My boyfriend came back and also got a water. The server gave a little snort at that. I guess we were supposed to order a drink and spend more money, but there were none on the lunch menu listed, no wine list on the table, and nothing was suggested.
We ordered and while we did I watched to open kitchen. The table next to us had ordered while I was waiting to order a water. The chef put a bread basket up and it sat there getting cold for a good ten minutes. When our bread came up, I watched to see if I would get the cold, ten-minute-old bread.
The bread is a flatbread with rosemary and it is served with olive oil. There was black char from the dirty pizza oven all over the bottom of the bread- and my fingers, the dish of dipping oil, and my napkin. It all tasted burnt. I considered sending it back, but we had waited and waited to order.
My boyfriend got a ceasar salad and I was not impressed. It tasted like the bottom of the unmixed dressing- all vinegar. With a little oil it would have been good. He got a monkfish dish that was roasted in the (dirty) pizza oven. I thought the fish tasted fishy or old, but he didn't. We both agreed that it was unseasoned and chewy. He had to ask for a spoon to eat a dish that came with broth.
I got a roast beef sandwich with onions and cheese. The cheese was strong and completely overpowered the rest of the meal. The onions tasted sweet, as if sugar had been added. They were not caramelized enough to be sweet on their own. The horseradish and dijon spread on the sandwich appeared to be there, but I couldn't taste it at all. It was totally overpowered by funky cheese. The roast beef was probably left over from prime rib or something, but it was chewy and topped wtih watercress. The chewy meat and whole stems of watercress meant that with every bite big chunks of food would fall out. Very nice for a romantic lunch. I had heard good things about Judy's but I am not sure I would go there for dinner.
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