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Posted by Bing Crosby III on 06/17/2008
As a resident of the area, I had high hopes for Abigail, but if my first visit was any indication, they are in for a tough road. The food was mediocre and the portions small and overpriced. As noted above, the eggs benedict came on toast rather than an English muffin and potatoes were $4 extra. The dinner menu is even more overpriced. Hopefully the owner will make some adjustments - otherwise, this place will fail and someone else will take it over. I'm really confused over how someone could have misread the neighborhood so much - we want nice restaurants, but give us our money's worth!
Posted by Ridonkulous on 06/17/2008
What's the deal with all these negative reviews? I live in the neighborhood and heard mixed things in the beginning, but overall everyone seems really pleased with Abigail. I had a great brunch here 2 Sundays ago, the eggs "benedict" with salmon. Portions were perfect (not huge, but I didn't leave hungry and didn't have to waste food) and they cooked my eggs as requested. My only dream is that they have a bigger OJ (which isn't fresh squeezed as yet but the server warned me of that) b/c $3 is kind of steep. This place is definitely a new style for the neighborhood, but I'm pleased. It's subtle from the outside and the inside has a lot of thought put into the decor (calming, red tones and black, nice windows). And it's very wheelchair accessible, which is noteworthy. In all, I'm very happy they're open! Especially love the long hours, which bring cheer to a sometimes desolate block.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/09/2008
Although I really don't want to be too hard on this place after only one visit, I must say I was disappointed with the food and the service. We waited half an hour for artichoke crostini, and then the entrees took another 20 minutes and were totally average. I actually had to ask if my mac&cheese was the appetizer or the entree. It was small portion, served in a ramekin, without any other entree accompaniments. Service was adequate. Place is cute, perhaps it's better as a coffee shop.
Posted by BigL on 06/02/2008
I live REAL close to abigail's - not even a whole block away, and I have been there a lot since they've opened...while I can agree that some things can use some work, I find most of the staff to be great, the coffee is yummy, the pastries are on point & never stale, and I've had almost everything on the menu and only been disapointed with one thing. (overcooked asparagus) They are new to the hood, and since a spot like this is so highly anticipated, understand that everyone has bad days - give them a minute to fine tune everything, they have all the makings to become a consistently great place to eat and drink... who cares about decor? They are byob til the get their liquor license so if your friends/date are that lame and boring to look at, next time have yourself some booze while you wait and chill out.
Posted by addyN212 on 06/02/2008
Except for the frequent coffee refills, service was rather poor and food prep was excrutiatingly snail's pace. Gave us a whole lot of time to dwell on the odd mish mash decor during the hour or so it took for my boyfriend's simple poppers to reach the table! Sorry, thumbs down.
Posted by brooklynite on 06/02/2008
i went to abigail for brunch with a few friends this weekend, and was very disappointed. the food was poorly prepared, inaccurately represented, and overpriced for the quality. they also seemed to have missed a great opportunity designing/decorating the space. the whole thing felt like a novice's attempt - we had expected more given the owner's experience.