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“hidden treasure”
Review of M Wells

M Wells
Price range: $16 - $106
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: A world-class neighborhood steakhouse that leans left-of-center and meets most desires with a grand raw bar, grass-fed and heritage meats, peak produce and a tank of live Long Island trout. Plus cakes, homemade ice creams and classy desserts, stellar spirits and cellar of special wines. A mom-and-pop restaurant with a flare and a focus on taking good care of everyone.
Reviewed April 25, 2016

To start with this restaurant is hard to find. It is located on a small, little known street which even locals never heard of. Then the restaurant has no sign--but is in an abandoned auto repair shop. Once you have found street parking, things pick up. The staff is very friendly and very professional. The steak was good quality and cooked just the way it was ordered. For desert we had an excellent baked Alaska. No white table clothes here, but the price could almost call for one. Was enjoyable once we settled in.

Date of visit: April 2016
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Thank ruth b
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Reviewed February 17, 2016 via mobile

We walked past this place at night, during the snow. After doubling back a few times, we finally found it! It wasn't what we were looking for.

We also got the wrong date, thanks jet-lag! But they were kind enough to seat us anyway... I guess the snow put a lot of people off travelling.

If you only go for one item, make it the bone marrow and escargot- to die for.

The service was really great, never pushy and very knowledgeable.
Wine We have found over-priced most places, so about $15 up per glass.

The soup was huge and to die for.

Date of visit: February 2016
Thank champ60
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Reviewed February 9, 2016

Ate here for brunch with a couple of friends. Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious. Service was great and was fun to be able to watch the food being prepared in the open kitchen. The location was hard to find. We walked by it several times (almost gave up on finding it) before finally spotting the patio. It looks like an old garage and, at the time of my visit, did not have great signage

Date of visit: October 2015
1  Thank Lindsaydoodle
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Reviewed January 12, 2016

There is no olace with more innovative cooking, great events and quality food, wine and cocktails. Certainly off the beaten track but it is all for the better. Amazing onion soup and Paris Brest, masters of meat.

Date of visit: December 2015
Thank CuriousFlyer
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Reviewed January 5, 2016

I have lived in New York City for 16 years and I've never had a dining experience so negative as the one I had at M. Wells Steakhouse last Wednesday night.

I was craving a steakhouse meal and my wife decided to take me to M. Wells as a generous and thoughtful holiday gift. Once there, we ordered the Wedge Salad (to share) and splurged for the $150 Porterhouse for two, which came accompanied by Bearnaise Sauce and sides of both Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes.

The salad was fine - unremarkable - but a passable NYC steakhouse wedge salad.

The Porterhouse was awful. It is the worst dish I have ever had in any NYC steakhouse and probably the worst dish I have ever had in any NYC restaurant at any price level. It tasted like a boiled piece of shoe leather. Although it bore a visual resemblance to steak (pink on the inside and charred on the outside), it bore no taste resemblance to any piece of beef I have ever eaten. I'm not exactly sure what the problem was (poor quality meat, poor food storage, poor seasoning, improper cooking method), but the steak was inedible.

My wife and I looked at each other and didn't know what to do. We are the kind of people who don't like to make a fuss, but we literally couldn't eat the steak. Neither of us had ever sent a dish back at any restaurant and we didn't exactly know what to do.

We ate the Brussels Sprouts in their entirety as we deliberated (salty, but tolerable) and ultimately decided to send the Porterhouse and its accompaniments back. I had a spoonful of Potatoes during this deliberation process, pushing them away after one bite. We did not touch the Bearnaise sauce.

We called over our server and told her our predicament and she apologized, gave us menus and took the Steak, Potatoes, Sauce and empty plate of Brussels Sprouts away. We ordered substitute entrees (Meat Pie for my wife, Filet Mignon for me) and resumed the meal.

The substitute entrees were almost as bad. The Meat Pie was a mess of tendon-laced nubbins of meat topped with treacly fruit jelly. The Filet (wrapped in bacon) was over-salted, over-cooked and oddly topped with three broccoli florets. Out of frustration and hunger, I ate the Filet. My wife took two bites of Meat Pie and gave up.

We asked for the bill and that's when the experience really got bad. We were stunned and appalled to see charges for the Brussels Sprouts ($10), Potatoes ($10) and Bearnaise Sauce ($5) appearing a la carte on our bill. I called our original server over to question the bill and was directed to another server - Julius (who may have been a manager). Julius explained the bill to us by contending that we had consumed the the Brussels Sprouts, Potatoes and Bearnaise and that consumption constituted us being billed for them. His implication was that M. Wells had done us a favor by taking back our $150 steak without any charge and we should be thankful to him for letting us off the hook for a mere $25.

We conceded that we had eaten the Brussels Sprouts, but told him that we didn't touch the Bearnaise, and that I had taken one spoonful of Potatoes. We also told him that the food appeared as a package on the menu and that us sending back the steak should constitute removing the entire package from the bill. He began to argue the facts with me, accusing me of eating more than one spoonful of the Potatoes. He said that he would remove the Bearnaise, but not the Potatoes and dared me to resume the argument.

It was an entirely unpleasant discussion and rather that continue it, I told him to bring us whatever check he thought was fair. My wife (who, remember, was taking me out to dinner) told him that the worst part was that she, as the purchaser, felt conned by the experience and would not return.

Julius's conception of fairness was a bill with a $10 charge for each of the Brussels Sprouts and the Potatoes.

There are so many delicious steakhouses in New York City - avoid M. Wells. Not only is the food terrible, but the contempt shown for the customer is appalling.

We paid, left, went home, had a laugh about the terrible experience and ate store-bought Ice Cream. It was the best thing we had eaten all night.

Date of visit: December 2015
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3  Thank johnsF397DO
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