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Posted by notafan on 10/02/2011
All I wanted was a simple, delicious brunch. Service was bad/non-existent. Between the buttermilk biscuit, brisket, yucca hash, shrimp grits, scrambled eggs and chicken and waffle i don't have one good thing to say. Portions were small, food wasn't even mediocre. If you're gonna do southern/BBQ, do it right. It's not that hard. Even the waffle with ice cream was bad. One small scoop of vanilla and some apple and plum slices? really, apple? and you're not even gonna sautee it in some yummy sauce? so weird. this place sucks
Posted by Foodie in New York on 08/08/2011
WE went for brunch and we were told that we would have to wait for two the other people who were on their way before they we were seated. The place was not full. The gal at the door was uninviting as in all of the other village restaurants..t. After we were seated it took awhile before we were asked if we would like anything to drink..It was just downhill from there. The waitress was not interested in doing any service, or the basics. When the food arrived my husband had his served on a small plate that might have been good for bread. Two other people had normal size plates, and my brunch dish which was eggs with grits and shrimp and spinach was late to arrive, as she said.."yours will be here shortly?" There was a piece of spinach, not even a garnish..It was just horrible. One person had an arugula salad. The plate was just plopped with salad and so unappetizing. For the price..it was horrible..and I would not recommend it to one person.. For the price of $3.00 for one cup of coffee and no another cup not offered. The salad dressing was served in a teeny paper cup..They could not afford to serve china or plastic. We had a truly horrible time, and felt that it was a total waste of money. Sorry for the length, but it was truly a bad experience.
Posted by Mitchmurr on 08/07/2011
Of course there are hundreds and hundreds of very good NYC restaurants and Back Forty is one of them. Is it sooooo good that you need to travel there special? No. Is it even a top 5 destination in the East Village? Not for me. But it was good. Went on a Saturday night, around 6PM and there was plenty of space. sat at the bar. Very good craft beer selection. Had the burger, which was very good but a bit small in size. Enjoyed the Pork Jowls but won't need to try them again. Would I eat here again? Sure, but I wouldn't make a special trip for it.
Posted by CZGuest on 01/23/2011
The food at Back Forty did not dissapoint. The burger was delicious and the yuca fries great. No matter how full you are it's hard not to order dessert when you see them coming out of the kitchen. The chocolate and peanut butter pie was perfection. They don't take reservations, so be prepared to wait. But it's worth it!
Posted by Mo$007Diamonds on 08/05/2010
I went for the grass fed burger and it was really good, but at $13, other burger joints are better.
Posted by melissa on 02/05/2010
when i first moved from the west village to the east village a year ago, i was immediately on the prowl for my new go to cozy neighborhood restaurant. when i discovered back 40, i was beyond excited. the ever changing food and cocktail menus are always inventive and intriguing. the first 4 times or so, i loved it (of course, i had only tried the chicken and waffles, biscuits, and housemade chorizo--maybe a couple other brunch items). then they started to drop the ball. i noticed how unfriendly the servers and the hosts are. but more importantly, they are inept. clearly working there among friends, uninterested in making customers happy. the burger was flavorless and overpriced(i gave it 3 chances! that's how badly i wanted to like it). and then, as i started to spread the word among my friends, i began taking large groups there. and here's where i started to really dislike the place. okay, i've been there, what, 20 times? i bring in a table of 9 and 7 of us are there, the restaurant is empty, they wont let us sit until our entire party is present. what?? and this happened at least 5 times!! the last time i went was with a group of friends from LA, there were 8 of us. i have never been so embarrassed by a recommendation of mine that that night. the service was rude and slow, but that i can handle if the food is at least good. i ordered the pumpkin "risotto". dry rice with chunks of barely cooked pumpkin. it was disgusting. my husband and i both ordered the chicken and dumplings soup to begin. big mistake. between the doughy unsalted dumplings and the clear, sad broth, it was a total disaster. the 17$ burgers ordered around the table were left uneaten, that's how bad they were. even the doughnuts, which are usually the saving grace, were heavy with grease, and their vanilla glaze seemed to lack in vanilla. and glaze. basically hockey pucks. will i go back? well, it's already been a few months. maybe i'll give it another chance in a few more.
Posted by MNLJ on 02/01/2010
No better food, destination, drink, atmosphere, or service in the 'hood. Haters be damned; this is the spot in Alphabet City. Finish it all off with the stout float.