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Blue Water Grill
Posted by Joan Kadie on 08/15/2006
Three weeks ago, before making a reservation for 6 people, I checked the prix fixe luncheon menu which was very attractive. It offered a choice of 4-5 appetizers, 6 entrees, 4 desserts for $24.07. A reservation was made based on this menu and 6 of us met for lunch today. Much to our consternation, a choice of only two appetizers, two entrees and two desserts were offered. When I questioned this "alternate menu", I was told that I must have looked at the wrong menu previously--or that it was offered only during "restaurant week". This was a poor excuse as I know what I had looked at. We were given the choice of not ordering, ordering from the regular menu or accepting the prix fixe menu. Since there were 6 of us and it would have been too much trouble to leave, we decided to order from the prix fixe menu. Although the food was good, no attempt at apology or restitution or substitution was offered. (Danny Myers would have been overly apologetic for the "misunderstanding" and would have either offered a glass of wine on the house or a tray of cookies, etc.) The attitude of management and servers left a lot to be desired.
Posted by anonymous on 08/13/2006
I often go to Blue Water Grill on a Saturday or Sunday, after lazing around and browsing the bookstore for a new read. It's my thing. I sit at the bar and treat myself to a nice, expensive lunch. Today I rushed over at about ten to 4 because I knew that brunch ended at 4, and I wanted that eggs benedict thingie over a crabcake. Surprisingly, when I sat down at the bar, I was given the abbreviated afternoon menu. When I asked about this and pointed out it wasn't 4 yet, I was somewhat rudely told that's just the way it was. Hey, guess what, management of Blue Water Grill? I walked, and another restaurant got my $60 today. I suggest you improve your customer service chops, which have been sliding downhill for years.
Posted by Mina on 08/08/2006
Great food in a warm, romantic atmosphere. The lobster, chilean sea bass, and sea diver scallops were all brimming with flavor. SO GOOD. Also loved the banana tower dessert. I am drooling just thinking about it! I highly recommend this place.
Posted by Missegee on 07/27/2006
This has been my NYE choice for the past 4 years. Any restaurant which has consistently good food and doesn't hike up their prices for holidays, just because they can, in my book gets an A. The jazz downstairs is a lot of fun and the staff is always great.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/21/2006
We arrived at the restaurant a little early for our reservation. They never came to get us, until we asked the hostess to check on our reservation. Once seated, we ordered salads that arrived quickly. After salad plates were not removed, we inquired about our entrees after a 35 minute wait. They arrived 5 minutes later. Busboys were constantly carrying large bins with dirty plates around. The restaurant seemed very disorganized. The food was delicious, when it finally arrived, but with service and high prices, I would not consider this restaurant a fine dining experience.
Posted by Jessica on 07/21/2006
My mom, sister and I went for dinner on a Tuesday night--around 6pm. They sat us promptly without a reservation. Our waiter was very knowledgable and attentive at first--but as the night went on and things got busier--we saw less and less of him and it was a chore to try to get a refill of water. As for the food--the Monster roll is amazing, and so is the coconut shrimp roll. Our entrees were delicious too-- I had the halibut with mushroom risotto with a corn sauce--the combination of flavors were perfect! However, my fish was unfortunately a bit dry. My sister had the sea bass which was cooked perfectly--and was amazing as well. We skipped dessert because we were all stuffed--but the treat at the end of the meal was having Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins sit at the booth directly next to ours. I will definitely be back!
Posted by Bon Vivant on 07/17/2006
Ended up in Union Sq at a time between lunch & dinner, so the Blue Water was offering only their Sunset Menu, which really does not have much on it. We opted for the lobster bisque and their creative sushi rolls. The bisque was pretty bland (we remember it was much better at past dinners), also not a piece of lobster in sight. The sushi rolls were not impressive as well. The combination of flavors did not quite work, like tuna and southwest salsa. I love making seared tuna with fruit salsa at home, but in their roll the blend of flavors was not complimentary. Other rolls did not leave a lasting impression either. I know you are probably saying: why are they eating sushi here ? but hey, we remember this place as having pretty good seafood, so why not ? In overall, the food was sub-par. Don't let this review stop you from eating a dinner there though, this is just an opinion of what we had at that particular time of day. The staff was nice and attentive even at that dead hour of day, and the overall ambiance was lovely.