We went to Stocks for a pre-symphony dinner, as they participate in a program offering 20% off if you dine in conjunction with a show. We'd eaten here several years ago, and did enjoy it at that time. On this visit, the atmosphere was very nice and the service was excellent. Unfortunately, the food was nowhere near up to the standard expected for the price.
Our table of 4 shared 2 appetizers: the spicy shrimp tempura had good flavor and everyone else at the table enjoyed them, although I thought the creamy sauce over the fried crusting really didn't work; and the chicken quesadilla spring rolls were excellent -- good flavor, nice and crunchy, fresh accompaniments. The crispy flat bread and dip that came for the table were great, and we also enjoyed the Cesar salad. The rest of the meal was far less successful. Our entrees were a NY strip steak, a pasta farfalle dish, roasted peppercorn shrimp, and chicken parmesan. All 4 were dry and overcooked! The pasta had nice fresh veggies but was barely sauced and surprisingly bland -- even the sausage was devoid of flavor. The chicken parm was dry, topped with a spoonful of red sauce and melted cheese, and sat atop a bed of dry, unsauced pasta. The shrimp were dry and overcooked, sitting unadorned on a mound of mashed potatoes, and desperately in need of some sort of sauce or glaze. The steak... well, same thing. Without the symphony discount, this meal (which included 5 glasses of wine) would have come to around $200. We've had far superior meals at half the price. Because the first half of the meal was good and the service excellent, I'm rating this "average." If I were rating on entrees alone, it would definitely be "poor." Sad to say it, but I can't imagine going back, even with the discount.