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Posted by John from Chelsea on 01/09/2006
Two friends and I went to Cookshop this past weekend for a birthday celebration, and a celebration it was! Although we waited a short time for our reservation to be ready (the place was hopping), the staff was apologetic for the delay (which we appreciated). After being seated at a wonderful window table, the enjoyed began. The wonderfully warm and cozy room was very appealing, and the service matched. But the true enjoyment was the food itself--outstanding in every way. Everything that was brough to the table, from the bread and its spread, to the last spoonful of desert was bursting with fresh, delicious tastes that jumped off the plate. It has been a while since I have had such a delicous meal. And the topper was the bill--I have spent more for two people at many places than the three of us spent at Cookshop, and this was far superior in almost every way. Welcome to Chelsea, Cookshop! Can't wait to go back.
Posted by ExpecttheBest on 01/04/2006
Everything about Cookshop was perfect, or nearly so. The staff could not have been more pleasant or accomodating; the service was attentive, unrushed and not overbearing; the atmosphere was lovely. Most importantly, each of our group of persnickity palates was very pleased with her appetizer, entree and dessert, and not at all insulted by the bill, which proved that an excellent dining experience can be had for a fair price.
Posted by Will S on 12/31/2005
You expect everything to be perfect at a 5 star restaurant, and I have certainly had those. At more moderate places, you are prepared to make accomodations for things that are less than perfect. At Cookshop, the diner doesn't have to. EVERYTHING is at the absolute highest level of attentiveness, quality and detail -- and for three times less than the 5 star bastions. My companion and I shared the shrimp/andouille sausage appetizer and the apple/pecan salad. I had short ribs and the eggnog flan like the previous gentleman, my friend the suckling pig and lime sorbet for dessert. Not only delicious beyond superlative, but gorgeous on the plate -- who knew comfort food could be this beautiful as well as an orgy for the taste buds? Not only was our waiter friendly, charming and hilarious, but so was the hostess, and even the gentlemen who bussed our table and the coat check girl. Mark Meyer and Joel Huff have produced a masterpiece of style and cuisine, and for amazing prices (the wine list may be small, but features Spain, South America and Australia, which are my personal favorite wines anyway -- I had a Spanish red that I'll remember for the rest of my life). I hope Cookshop lasts forever. Don't even think about it, folks -- eat here often!
Posted by Biker65 on 12/28/2005
Know this, I'm very hard on restaurants. For the money we pay in New York I do expect good service and good food. I eat out all the time - so it's a pleasure to spread the word about Cookshop. I just went last night (12/27) for the second time and again - the food and service were outstanding. I had the scallops, TWO orders of the grits (they are that good!) and the eggnog flan. My girlfriend had the duck and loved it. The wine and beer lists are outstanding also. The atmosphere is very chill and relaxing. I will definitely be going back for a 3rd, 4th and 5th time!
Posted by John and Rhonda on 12/15/2005
My daughter Rhonda and I stopped by late last Friday night. We only had coffee and dessert but it was great....We had the Lemon Ice with cranberries........Very light, very cold and very delicious.....I would strongly reccomend the Cookshop for a great night out.....We CERTAINLY plan to go back....The service was wonderful, as well.
Posted by anonymous on 12/09/2005
The food was clean, unfussy, and simply prepared. Nothing was oversauced or had too many ingredients. It was one of the best restaurants that I have been to in a while and I am a serious foodie and cook myself. I would HIGHLY recommend Cookshop. I am sure the next time we try to go we won't be able to get a reservation.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/28/2005
I came here for dinner about a week ago. I just had to look at the menu to remember what I ate, so I guess I found the food less than memorable. I had the scallops and my date had the cod. The atmosphere was very nice, and we were seated in a comfortable corner table.