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Posted by Anon on 08/07/2006
One of the worst restaurant experiences we've ever had. Despite having 2 drinks (wine and a large glass of ice water) dropped on the same guest, no offer to comp anything. Manager didn't even come over to apologize until I basically asked him to. Waited 15 minutes to get water and menus until we waived down a waiter. Can't get as bad as this, and good food doesn't overcome incompetent service. Otherwise, we'd eat at Popeye's every night.
Posted by Louise on 06/05/2006
Cookshop serves solid and innovative fare in a very hip and crisp atmosphere. The entire wait staff is very friendly and attentive. Our waiter (Richard) was great - very knowledgeable, offered some very wise suggestions and was very professional. We were a party of 4 and what made "Cookshop" unique to us is their menu. It has something for everyone and allows you to sample many different tastes/cuisines. To start the fried hominey and falafel are must haves. The beet salad (special) is also worth trying if in season. Entrees are generously sized and all cooked to perfection using the freshest ingredients. The scallops seemed to be the "winner" among us but the duck was a close second. For dessert try the Strawberry Pavlova and Coconut Icecream. We thoroughly enjoyed everything and last but not least even our bottle of wine. They even have a wide "by the glass" selection for those of you who might not want to order a bottle. Cookshop is a great place to dine and it also proved to be a great value. We will be back!
Posted by Anonymous on 05/11/2006
Service is to be commended -- my fish (wahoo) was overcooked (not like just the edges, but the center was dry), and the waiter immediately offered to bring out another (I chose to substitute the broiled porgy), even though the kitchen was past closed. Porgy turned out to be perfectly cooked, but kind of bland. Pork was oversalted, but pretty tasty. With so much competition, this place is just too average... and overcooked fish for $25? Maybe they still need some fine tuning in the kitchen, although it has been open for a while now...
Posted by Eldiva on 04/24/2006
Solid American cuisine - rest assured that all items will be tasty - nice to know u can pick anything and it will taste great ... normally not a big fan of grits but with the shrimp appetizer -was a winning combination(creamy and savory). I had the hand cut pasta to start - a great choice - think earthy and well grounded flavors - had some spice to it too-which was a nice unexpected flavor surprise. For my main entree I had the pork loin - thick piece- but it was rather tender and tasty - comes with a pork link sausage - the more pork the merrier I guess! it was also good- just wish it would have been cooked a little longer(in the end I ended up having wrapped in their wheat bread with ketchup!mm Yum) ...my friend had the roast chicken - she devoured it so it must have been good- though she had to work for her meal as she had to separate the meat from the bones, was too much work in my opinion... Dessert we could have done without - it was the most lack luster part of the meal - I had the macadamia nut caramel coconut ice cream sundae- nothing special there, and we had the chocolate meringue cake - also could have done with out - though it was edible. All in all the ambience is great , decorations give the whole scene a very homey and warm vibe - even when its loud and noisy and crowded which it seems to be all the time- at least its a good sign u are in a great place... **Warning** watch out for rude patrons that make Chelsea their home...
Posted by nylatte on 04/19/2006
I read a glowing review of this place in a very popular NYC magazine. They rated its atmosphere as warm and welcoming...the kind of place you'd want to stay for hours if you could stand the uncomfortable chairs...and gave the impression of large portions, inventive "haute" comfort food...a new twist on the old classics...OK. here we go. sat by the kitchen which was <way> too warm. the waiter informed us that, at 7 on a tuesday night (after that monday afternoon rush, perhaps) they were out of the duck --- which was one of the more interesting yet reasonably priced options. i asked a suggestion for an appetizer to split, he said pizza. because i was so in love with the bread at our table, I went with the shrimp with grits. a bit bland, the 3 shrimp were nothing i'd write (home) about...the tepid grits were a nice foil but unimpressive. the star of the dish was the ramp butter and lemon sauce. Not a great start. not for 11 dollars. for the entree, i ordered the 'grass-fed' meat based on the waiter's interesting description of the accompanying potato hash. while the steak was incredible (it was topped with a sweet onion saute that kept me going at it), the hash was what TGIFriday's might pass off as a "potato skins pile". Flavorless. overcooked. dry. it did not arrive 'sizzling' or 'bubbling' as promised. Instead, i was able to pick the cheese off in one large clump, and, if i had the desire, separate out the coagulated bits of bacon. no amount of parsley could elevate this to gourmet...or even good. Not a great entree...not for $36. not too long ago, I had an excellent steak at Bar Americain for $26 with a $5 side of a creamy, layered, lava-like cauliflower gratin....but i digress.My dining partner had the scallops, which arrived lukewarm and were surrounded by a blase broth with peas and...well, it was forgettable. again...not for $26. Again, the most delightful thing about the entire meal was the bread...
Posted by Eric on 04/11/2006
Waiter rushed us, forgot things, was generally harried. Oysters were fine (skip the west coast, stick with the east coast). Salad had too many bread crumbs, like eating sand. Char was fine, nothing extraordinary, but fine. Sorbet was good. Wine list is good and priced reasonably. Bottom line, decent place but there are too many great restaurants in NYC that are eager to treat you right so wasting time on this one where the customer definitely does not come first is not something I can recommend.
Posted by Food Nut Mike on 04/08/2006
We went on a Friday night, always dangerous in Chelsea, but we were seated promptly by our friendly hostess. Our waiter was attentive, even though it was late in his shift. He was conversant with the food and wines. Our drinks arrived perfectly presented, with small vessels containing the rest of the drink. I had no trouble deciding on the wing of skate, but when my friend's pork chop came, I had to try it too. You never get pork this tender in a restaurant. It came along side a large fragrant sausage which blew my head off--in a good way. It was the real thing, but made in house. We ordered beet greens fried tempura style; they only needed salt and lemon to make them fantastic. Had they been better drained, I’d call them perfection. I ate every bite. The wines by the glass are reasonable and well selected. No Chardonnay, but there were some wonderful alternatives. My skate couldn't have been better, served with steamed mussels--a perfect accompaniment, and fingerling potatoes, which could have had more flavor. As an app my friend ordered shrimp with grits which were spiked with bits of their own andouille sausage. You haven't tasted grits until you try these; they tasted just like corn. You can love grits like this. Dessert was a toss up between the coconut ice cream sundae with butterscotch sauce, and the frangipane tart. Try both, and share between you. After dinner we ordered a wine rarely seen in New York: Moscato d’Asti, effervescent, only slightly sweet and honey flower fragrant as only the Muscat grape can be. I can't say anything about the coffee; the champagne was more than enough, and who needs to kill a buzz like that.