It's a sad thing when a restaurant that had a good reputation is bought up by a restaurant group tht doesn't maintain the standards of the original owner.
My wife, son and I ate in Abe & Louie's about a year ago for our anniversary. This year, we decided to try the Coach Grill - since it was in the same group of restaurants that Abe & Louie's was in.
Let me tell you this outright, it was nothing like Abe & Louie's!
The menu was the same; but the steaks, when they eventualy arrived, weighed far less than the weights listed - and I'm allowing for normal shrinkage during broiling. The bone-in filet was supposed to weigh 14 oz.; but I think it barely weighed 10 oz with the bone, My son's 16 oz. aged NY Sirloin, weighed about 12 oz. and when he gave me a small piece to try, I realized that the meat was probably USDA Choice - almost as good as we get in our local Stop & Shop! (It was chewy; aged prime beef, which we've had many times in the past, in places like NYC's Old Homstead Steakhouse, is soft and succulent.)
Last year, the filets we all had at Abe & Louie's were succulent!
The sides at Abe & Louie's were well-prepared and generous in size. At the Coach Grill, they wre skimpy and poorly-prepared. The garlic mashed potatoes were bone dry; no cream or butter was evident. The miniscule amount of creamed spinach was cooked-out and flavorless; it should have been discarded by the kitchen and not served to us. The asparagus with hollandaise was a singular disapointment; the amount of hollandaise served was about half of what it should have been and it was flavorless - some kind of an instant sauce perhaps?
When I complained about this to the wairtress, I got no reaction and no satisfaction. Customer satisfaction does not seem to be a priority with the new owners.
For the price, quality (and quantity) was lacking and a meal like this is not worth the price paid!
I've seen other reviews complaining about the new owners; this is another one acting as a reinforcement!
Maybe some day, the original owners will buy back the restaurant and restore its reputation.
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