I just had the displeasure of dining at New World Home Cooking today for Mother's Day Brunch. Oh, where to begin? I live by the rule that if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything...but today I will make an exception. The food was lackluster to say the least. If you were lucky (or maybe unlucky) enough to grab one or the few dishes available, you first pass the corn bread that has been dumped onto a serving dish. Then on to the chafing dishes with remnants of Eggs Benedict and those nice crispy corner pieces of fritatta. The corned beef hash reminded me of the big bags of Hormel bacon bits that I sometimes by at BJ's....no offense to Hormel intended. Everything was cold...even when they replenished the empty trays, the new food was cold. There was a table of cold salad type items that were just drowning in their own juices and there was a noodle dish that looked good but the only serving utensil available was a fork. It took a while to get a full portion when only grabbing one noodle at a time.
The waitstaff was inept and clueless...we were never offered drinks after our initial one and our plates were never cleared off the table (we were a party of eight). We had to ask for coffee. It was brought to us cold. The server happily took it away only to return with two new piping hot cups. She guaranteed that they were hot because she herself just took them out of the microwave. Microwave? Are you kidding? I don't drink coffee but even I don't think restaurants are supposed to reheat a customers coffee in the microwave. Shouldn't you just make a fresh pot instead of reheating some old sludge left in the pot?
On to dessert....oh, I forgot, there was no dessert. Unless of course you count some lemon bars fresh from the freezer...I know this because they were still icy in the center. And the fruit salad....served with tiny tongs so you could only serve yourself one tiny piece at a time. Best not to stuff yourself after such a fabulous meal.
Our bill was over $300.00 for eight people. I have had better brunch buffets for free at a Hampton Inn. To add insult to injury, there was a mandatory 18% tip included for service. That would have been fine if we had a little bit of service. We served ourselves.
Don't know what all the fuss is about New World Home Cooking....it has definitely been CHOPPED off my list of places to eat in the Hudson Valley.
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