Dinner at the Ninth Avenue location.
This place was recommended to us by a colleague, but when we arrived we almost changed our minds. The area is distinctly third-rate and the outside of the restaurant was clearly designed to match. Garish, grubby and unwelcoming. But gritting our teeth we decided to take our colleague's advice.
We didn't have time for appetizers (which turned out to be a good thing!) so straight at the mains. My friend ordered Atlantic Salmon and I decided n one of the two "dishes of the day" and ordered a Cajun Style Sole. Over five minutes later the waiter returned to say that they were out of sole, so I changed to Rack of Lamb.
Our waiter was poor throughout the evening - never there when we needed him, and clearly more interested in hiding away somewhere than serving. We had been seated for ten minutes before he took our order, we had to ask a different water for a refill of water, and yet another waiter to get him to bring the check.
Finally our two dishes were brought to the table, and immediately my friend noticed after a single bite that his dish was not the Atlantic salmon he had ordered. Again it took a few minutes to locate our waiter who took the dish away and almost immediately replaced it with the correct dish. He was obviously amused by the rror because he laughed when he swapped the dishes rather than apologise, and I wonder if he took the wrong dish to the person who had ordered that without noticing that my friend had started to eat it!
My Rack of Lamb was in fact not a rack. The chops had been separated and fried/roasted in a crumbed batter rather than being served as a rack. Nevertheless the chops were sublime - perfectly cooked pink and the coating was absolutely delicious. There were EIGHT decent sized chops in the "rack" and I could manage to eat only four. For the first time ever I asked to take the remainder away with me and ate them the next day in my hotel room :-)))) They were just as wonderful the next day.
My friend's salmon was pronounced "superb", Both dishes were served with well-cooked vegetables.
Our wine was Pinot Grigio which was good but very expensive. Being short of time we passed on desserts and coffee. The meal for two ran out at $160 which is expensive for a single course with wine, but the tip was appropriately low at $15 LOL
In summary, the food was superb but the price, service and ambience left a great deal were well below that standard. I might go again just for that lamb!!!!
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