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Posted by KMMolloy on 01/27/2013
The best thing about this restaurant is its location and that's the only reason I would go back. My steak sandwich was ordered medium and delivered well done about 10 minutes after everyone else at my table got their dinner. Two people in our party also didn't receive their salads until we asked for them 10 minutes after our entrees. Believe me the service is poor, the food is okay but nothing to write home about.
Posted by anonymous on 05/24/2012
Here on a night when the restaurant was empty. Not bad but not great. Had their signature Cafe 31 burger which the menu advertised to be grliled the way you liked it. Asked for it with a strong pink - got it very well done. Asked for Blue Cheese on it - they forgot it - and had to send it back. The other food in our group (Penne Orange Vodka Pasta, Sliders, wings) was good. Cafe 31 house Amber ale was very good. Asked for a simple shot of JD on the rocks. It came with minimal ice and water added to the JD (got a full shot - they just added water or gave me watery ice). I was pretty clear on what I wanted. The bar advertises on the web site that players from the sports teams at the Garden visit there regularly. I asked the server who came - and he seemed very unfamilar with anyone that might have visited there. Several Willis Reed pictures were in the entry way. Thought he'd at least come up with that. Pretty sure that sports figures do not frequent this place. Thought waiter should have been more attentive. My wife had the same comment. He was in the middle of answering a question from us but then "blew us off' by turning around and saying good bye to some very familiar customers. Was friendly - but seemed easily distracted. Overall - not bad - but if you're looking for the best sports bar in town - there has got to be better.
Posted by Flo V on 05/07/2011
Let me just start by saying I would definitely go there again. 1st we were greeted by someone who looked like the dog whisperer it really helps when you have a very personable waiter it makes your dining experience even more enjoyable. The food and drink was excellent. For anyone who wants a great atmosphere, great staff waiting on you, and a fine dining experience close to madison square garden this is a hit. Sincerely yours, at the wrong, place and time as we should have been in Nassau Colisium for a concert to see Bon Jovi. To our waiter thanks for getting us there on time.
Posted by Lincine on 09/16/2008
Food was definitely not something to die for. I had the Greek specialty, Mousaka, the meat was stale, the eggplants were not fresh either. My friend had a turkey burger, it was just the worst turkey burger ever. I didn't know how can one go wrong with a turkey burger. My other friend had the Carlos Beltran Sandwich, like a Philly cheese steak, only that the bread was thicker than the meat, again the meat was stale. Service was very minimal and food took a while to come.
Posted by KIM on 04/02/2008
My husband and I have gone to this place so many times over the last few years. What happened to this place? the last time we were there the bisque that I used to enjoy soooo much, tasted bland and had way too much "fish" in it... Bisque normally has scallops, shrimp, lobster.. and some fish.... the fresh, warm garlic rolls have been replaced with cold, stale bread. Are these the same owners? We were in on a busy night and the owner was literally screaming at the staff right in front of everyone. We were seated at a round table in the middle of the dinig area and were continuously getting bumped by the staff, customers... and anyone else attempting to get by. I honestly felt like a sardine. I always have the lobster ravioli and this time it was not good.there was almost a "mildew" taste to them... This was a great place to go and now it's just a subpar experience. A former, dedicated customer
Posted by RANGERSFOEVA on 02/19/2008
OK, the main thing to remember is that we are in Manhatttan here. There are so many wonderful places so why would you frequent this worse than mediocre pho-diner? The people who like this place are the types that don't understand that there does exist food beyond Chicken Parm, Shrimp Scampi, and Penne alla Vodka. Even those most basic and outdated items are prepared in a below average way. They gave me five small shrimp and a burned baked-potato for $24 (not reasonable considering...) and my friend was served a salad with literally two cups of dressing drowning the flavorless iceberg greens. The soups (which they claim are made from scratch) are far worse and more caned-tasting than any Campbell's I've ever had. My burger was harder than a puck. The servers are more than adequate however, the owners are scary and abrasive. I saw one of them drink about six shots of Tequila in a matter of an hour and he became strangely friendly. The funny thing is, there are really very few places like this left in New York. With such strong competition and an overall increase in food quality and service standards everywhere, it is amazing that such a below average place can stay afloat. My advice: walk the extra 2 blocks, go someplace else and have a fantastic meal. This is New York! There is amazing food everywhere!
Posted by Anonymous on 01/08/2008
After reading mostly positive reviews, I thought I'd try it out before a recent Knicks game. I must have been an exception because the food was absolutely atrocious. The beer was flat, the burger was burned, and the fries were oily mush. I don't know how one messes up the staples of American dining, but somehow they did. Very disappointing. I must admit, however the staff was helpful and brought me new fries, which were marginally better.