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Posted by Radio Critic on 10/02/2013
It was a beautiful night out last night when I got back to NYC after a day of work in NJ, and in my effort to sit outside after being in an office with no breaks for 10 hrs, I went to this little outdoor cafe near the studio, where I had the poorest meal to date in NYC. It is an Italian cafe and I had a basic thing, spaghetti & meatballs, which tasted like high school cafeteria food. Tasted like Spaghetti-o's. I could not finish eating it. The meatballs tasted like bad meatloaf, the sauce was like ketchup, like a canned spaghettio's flavor. The cost of the dish was $15 which is way too high for this kind of place, and the salad I ordered before it (not included in the price) was basic green lettuce dumped out of a bag with a lousy bottled-type salad dressing you put on yourself. AND a small glass of wine was $12! Like I said, really bad High School cafeteria food. Maybe they are OK in the morning for a bagel & coffee, but don't go there for dinner!
Posted by A. Will. on 07/12/2013
Has pretty tasty food during the lunch hours - moreso on the salad, sandwich, smoothies, and soup side, though in Tribeca thats rather standard. Prices are too high to justify the trip - nothing stands out. On breakfast, they've done well with the basics. Grits, turkey bacon. They're wraps are usually good but sometimes saddled in grease and today I ordered a steak and eggs, and was COMPLETELY displeased. Smaller than my palm the steak. Grease so heavy it had the flavor of some other meat. Totally bad.
Posted by Dimitris on 03/23/2012
Fresh, clean,huge variety, customized services,smiling faces,reasonably priced! what more to ask? can't wait to sit outside on a sunny day.....
Posted by Anonymous on 05/04/2011
I ordered food for my entire office- everyone had their own entree. And then i ordered chips and quesadillas for us to share. Stating that it was 15 people to share, and to order a few orders of each. When the order came - they gave us 15 orders of each...charging over $150 for quesadillas, and $120 for chips and guac! absolutely ridiculous - i didn't order one order per each person, I said to share. And a few orders of each...meaning 3-4. My company orders lunch 3 times a week and we will never patronize this place again, nor would I recommend it to anyone. Poor communication, and they didn't accomodate us at all.
Posted by Jay on 06/28/2010
I've eaten many times from the salad bar and ordered hot sandwiches and pasta a few times. The food is all tolerably good, but just the wrong side of their price point. I always feel like I'm paying slightly too much for just not that great a meal. The prices on the salads end up at around $12-13 once you add chicken, more if you add shrimp or salmon, and that's a little too much for what you get. However, the main killer for this place is the service. The guys behind the counter all seem upset with something and generally not happy to be there. At the coffee point, I've seen the female cashiers have numerous arguments with well-meaning customers and not apologize for it. I don't think I've ever seen a smile from any one of the staff or a courteous word. The staff is mainly Hispanic, which isn't a problem, but some speak little English and you can never be sure they have your order right! I grudgingly go there as it's right below my apartment and I'm a sucker for convenience, but this isn't how I'd run my restaurant.
Posted by RazzyB on 03/10/2010
So on my latest trip to NYC I wanted somewhere to go where they do grits with breakfast instead of potato or hash browns. Benvenuto do it so there we went on our 2nd day. I'm now wishing we didn't. Firstly, the service was not good. Coming from the UK we're used to that kind of service here but out in New York, you know you get treated well on the whole. Unfortunately not today. So I ordered an omlette. Mushroom and cheese - that's all. And instead of potato I wanted grits. Eventually the food arrived via my surly waiter. No Grits. I asked where they were and he said I didn't order any, then walked away. Being English we just don't complain too much, mainly because we don't want anything else we haven't ordered in the replaced meal. So I tuck into my Mushroom and Cheese Omlette. Well, I wasn't expecting all the onion too, and the green pepper. The thing was I was completely polite the whole time, always with please and thank you. I've worked in restaurants myself and know how difficult customers can be so am always pleasant and polite. So I don't understand how my meal was so wrong. Anyway, I still ate it all, but when the bill came I wrote on there about the wrong order coming. Let's hope they sort that out as the bill had the correct order on it!
Posted by Anonymous on 02/16/2010
I ordered a cajun roast beef sandwich (about $9) and a can of soda. The lady charged me for a 20 oz bottle on purpose and told me she did. I wans't happy about that. Be sure you check your receipt.