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Posted by Anonymous on 02/25/2008
I was very disappointed with my dining experience last Saturday evening. Our reservation was for 9:15, yet we were not seated until 9:50. Our server took a good 10 minutes to come to our table and take our drink order. And when he did arrive, he was very unfriendly and rather abrupt. The food was not worth the wait or the price. The fish was cold and the steak was gritty and fatty. I will not be returning.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/20/2008
I couldn't take more than two bites of my entree, the Chilean Sea Bass. It was very fishy tasting. Thank goodness the bread basket was decent or I would have starved tonight as my appetizer (shrimp and grits) was equally disappointing (very salty, shrimp were tiny). I will not be back.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/19/2008
We really enjoyed the vibe and the food, just wish the service weren't so abrupt and haphazard. The coffee didn't arrive with the desserts, causing us to be there longer than I guess we were "allotted." So, be forewarned - if the restaurant is crowded, you will be "invited" to the bar for a glass of champagne if you linger too long at your table after finishing the meal. Overall, we would definitely go back, wed just pick a slower time so it's not as hectic.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/18/2008
I wanna say I genuinely like this place. I've eaten hear before and had a good meal. Now, with that said ... I ate hear the other night paid 28 for a rabbit dish that was almost inedible, 22 for a mushroom pot pie that was bland and boring, I don't mind the prices but what I do mind is below par food. I hope they don't allow it to collapse to another overpriced sceney eatery.
Posted by Risdchic on 10/04/2007
Some could say that within a sea of restaurants in Manhattan, it's all about the food. Others could argue it's all about the service, location, scene, or a myriad of other contributing factors. Cookshop has it all, and it's seemingly effortless, which is even more appealing. Their menu is not ostentatious, nor does it lack imagination. The staff is poised, but is not overly formal with you. It's just cool there. That stage being set, we had a wonderful time celebrating my boyfriend's birthday last night. There was a slight problem with his pork chop being undercooked to his liking. So we sent it back. Not a big deal, considering my boyfriend has peculiar requests when it comes to his grilled meats. To convey how the management handled this situation with apologetic grace, will be very hard for me to do. They were simply outstanding! They took control of the situation in the most professional manner, made us feel at home, and made it known to us that they cared immensely about our experience at Cookshop. I've eaten at hundreds of restaurants in the city. This is the best service I've ever encountered. And it was only an undercooked pork chop- it's not like there was a hair in our food or anything. Well, the hospitality did not end there... A candle was lit on top of our birthday dessert, as well as a little cartoon character I brought from home. The waiter also took care of my instructions, when I handed him my credit card and said I'd like to be the one to pay this evening. We could've been one of those annoying, needy customers that waiters roll their eyes at. But instead, I think we have found some new friends. It was a fabulous experience from start to finish- and I forgot to mention that the hostess gave us the perfect corner booth. We will be back there soon!
Posted by Britney on 10/03/2007
We had a reservation and the dining room was semi open (read: unoccupied tables) , but nonetheless we were told we had to wait for our table to be readied. Probably coincidence, but as soon as I ordered a round (1 wine, 1 vodka tonic, $22 with tip), our table was ready! Our waitress was attentive, but I will say she was a little on the abrupt side. She came immediately to tell us about the specials and pretty openly stopped our conversation to do so. From there the service was the same; she would appear, do what was necessary and then go. This was a little curt (or so I thought when an appetizer, almost finished, was removed prior to being asked), but really, the reality is that I just like a little more friendliness. But I'll take efficient any day, and the point is really that aside from the atmosphere which is contemporary and lovely (check out the rotisserie through the glass window to the kitchen in the back), the food stands out! I had some excellent, super fresh West Coast oysters which came on ice with a wedge of lemon and Ponzu sauce (what more do you need? - excellent!), and then Pheasant with Concord Grapes over Polenta. This was particularly amazing. First, talk about an ode to early Fall! Seasonal fruit, a roast which speaks to cooling weather, and a delicious gravy which tasted strongly of Thyme and was an excellent earthy counterbalance to the sweetness of the grapes. The pheasant was roasted beautifully, and had a crispy skin that tasted of black pepper. A masterpiece! The Polenta was a delicious, creamy blanket to indulge in the flavors. I truly want to eat this again soon. My friend had the Beet Salad which I tried and can say was delicous, and then a Pork Chop which had sort of a Southwestern treatment with onions, peppers, tomatillos and mint (perhaps instead of a more expected Cilantro?) She also enjoyed her meal. Desserts also proved excellent - we tried the ice cream (black pepper, cinnamon raisin and coffee) and the fig tart which was exceptional. It had a wonderful consistency and came with a dark chocolate sauce which was a delicious rich counterpoint to the fruit. You can tell I liked the place! I mention the service experience first because that seems to be a common topic- but for me it would never get in the way of me going back.
Posted by zelenkobooks on 08/16/2007
Nice-looking, pleasant,polite,intelligent staff. Great Zuccini Ravioli dish. Terrific bread with tasty spread.Incredible ice cream,too. Even very testy customer was treated with outmost patience. Located conveniently within a few blocks from Atlantic Theatre, where we often go. Absolutely recommend!!!