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Posted by KariB on 03/01/2014
I'm a Harlem native, been eating here since childhood when it was on the opposite corner & the line wrapped aroumd the corner. Used to lobe watching my dad chop it up with yhe oldtimer in the window breading fish. Now in a larger space & new generation, I find with every visit Im missing the old. The customer svc attitude is order at your own risk. You pay upon ordering& if ur not happy with the meal presentation, good luck getting them to do anything. but worse is the several times Ive gotten home only to find half my order missing. When u call ur chastised for not checking bf you left as their sign says even tho most of ur food is bagged up by the time they call u to pick up. Am I supposed to unpack at the crowded counter? Shouldnt I be able to trust I get what I paid for? And the "oh well" attitude they give you makes u want to go in there & slap somebody silly. They dont even try to correct the mistake. I say boycott this neighborhood unfriendly spot until they show some appreciation.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/05/2013
Why does it takes 45 mins to get a meal? You have to pay before you get your order, soyou have no other choice but to wait. As for the food: Everything except the potatoe salad is good. The potatoe salad is too soupy. Management definetly need to do something about the amount of time that it takes for a customer to receive their food; and the Head Chef need too fix the Potatoe Salad.
Posted by RS from CT on 06/12/2013
If you want a rare opportunity to experience an historically significant Harlem dining experience, find a way to get up to 125th's Taste of Seafood. They know how to make fried seafood as best as it can be made. Not greasy, yet juicy and flavorful fresh. If your budget is humble there still is space at their table. Buy a 3 piece fish sandwich for 5 bucks. Maybe occasionally there is an off day or hour. Such is life, but time after time, any patience that you and the cooks put into an order, will be time and money well spent. The counter staff work efficiently and cooperatively. They are friendly if you let them be, as are fellow customers. If you want Applebees don't waste your time head west a few blocks. Taste of Seafood has been a Harlem institution for a very long time. It is not a national chain. The lines have been predictably long in only two locations(that I know), because the food is simply that exemplary. Totally correct for its style of preparation. If you miss or crave a Friday after church, southern style fried fish diner, travel out of you neighborhood, up to 125's Taste of Seafood. It is not possible to do better anywhere in this food obsessed city. Important to know, this is not an interpretation of southern cuisine, it's the genuine time tested article. We are indeed lucky this NYC spin is still here. It is a chain piece of Harlem history. Be respectful. Be thankful. Enjoy.
Posted by Abe on 03/22/2013
The food is excellent. The lines are long and the service is poor. The restaurant staff has no idea what customer service is, they have a "devil may care" attitude. Also, the owners have a disclaimer posted on the wall "that they are not responsible if all of your paid order is not in your bag & to check your bag before you exit the restaurant". So, in other words, if their incompetent staff leaves one of your paid side orders out of your bag, you have no recourse, but to suck it up. Shouldn't the staff verify that you have your complete order bagged for takeout. If you are having a bad day, stay away from a Taste of Seafood, they will "make you go there".
Posted by EbbieEyez85 on 03/02/2012
If you just want a simple whiting fried fish sandwhich this is the spot. I can't comment on the atmosphere...it's a fast food spot and is always busy and the service I can't say because I didn't order the food. I will be returning!
Posted by anonymous on 08/14/2011
I remember the days when there was a line plus a long wait to obtain your order. Today that is not the case. I have not eaten there in a long time. I return early June, to horrible service and horrible food. Tried again yesterday, and food and service just as bad. A waste of money, I make better seafood.
Posted by Uptownundertaker on 06/09/2010
I was in the mood for some seafood and didn't feel like driving to city island. Coworkers suggested Taste of Seafood. It was in the afternoon and there weren't any long lines or a crowds yet when we placed our order. The disconnected dude behind the counter had a lot of attitude. We are professionals in the service business and we tried being pleasant. Sadly one of my coworkers couldn't take it anymore and unleashed her "tude" on the poor soul. Besides the unnecessary attitude, the food was excellent.