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Posted by raymond zees on 09/06/2007
Living in NYC for many many years My wife and I have had some really really bad service. But this place takes the cake. Especially the overbaked dry cake they pass off as a dessert. (Which we think come from a place in Queens that they don't even make.) When the staff had finished their "in-between" shift munching we finally greeted with a roll that had to be two days old. After the manager told us that the people in the kitchen probably mixed the old rolls with the new rolls, we firmly believed we were in for a treat. We both love meatloaf and thought it was a safe bet for at least a palpable dinner. When the cook behind the counter took our plates out of the microwave and removed the plastic, the plates were placed on their counter, obviously waiting for someone to bring them to our table. After four different employees passed by our food, and 5 minutes had passed, the lovely waitress was able to pull herself together and get us our food, which by that time was no longer hot. I asked if they could put it back in the microwave, she responded no problem. That was nice. By the time we got it, it was dry as a bone and tasteless... I will leave it at that. My suggestion... eat somewhere else!
Posted by 8/11/07 on 08/14/2007
I had the pleasure of having brunch & must say this has to be the best brunch in the city. You cannot miss the bread pudding french toast which I found out is served 7 days a week. My mom had the "Famous Burger" which she loved. It had caramelized onions on it...amazing!!! My sister had eggs benedict & the hollandaise sauce was on the money. Finally, my dad ate the waffle with warm maple syrup. I had to try it & it was fantastic. Our waitress was very accomodating & was so happy when she asked us how we liked everything & we expressed our excitement about the food. She made sure we were well taken care of...refilled our beverages & smiled a lot. At the end of the meal she asked if we wanted dessert. They have their own bakery so I'm sure the dessert must be incredible. My family & I were too full this time, but we look forward to saving room next time. I can't wait to go back to Corner Cafe. It's the best kept secret on the Upper East Side.
Posted by veronica on 08/02/2007
My friends and I ended up at this Corner place last Sunday for brunch and we all left sadly dissapointed. We waited forever, only after being greeted by a supposed hostess that wasn't really sure what she was doing. When we were finally seated, the two tables around us were filled with litter, and all the staff looked like they just fell out of the Laundry Basket! We all thought we had eaten here before and had delicious food, but when our food came it was far less then mediocre. Seems to us that everyone could use a little brushing up, from the kitchen help to the waitstaff.
Posted by pleased on 07/22/2007
My husband and I have greatly enjoyed the food and service at Corner Cafe! The waffles and maple syrup - amazing. Their omlettes are excellent. And be careful of the desserts, they will all meet you sweet tooth fantasies. I've had only the best service, with multiple waitstaff attending to us the entire time. Great place for Sunday brunch other than you may need to wait before you are seated because everyone else is there to enjoy the food.
Posted by RebeccaK on 07/15/2007
OK, I'm not usually hasty. I don't write restaurants off based on one visit - after all, who doesn't have an occasional bad day... That being said, I've visited the place three times and it's been painfully consistent each time. For some reason the waitstaff makes you feel like they're dong you a gargantuan favor even taking your order - from rolling their eyes to becoming easily annoyed at a routine request, i.e. sugar with your coffee, silverware where it's supposed to have been in the first place, you know, monumental pain-in-the-you-know-what kinda things. I didn't know what I expected from an $11 BLT, but it certainly wasn't a plate full of dirty wilted lettuce, charred bacon and unidentifiable toast that bit back. Same with a $12 burger my husband ordered - not charging $1 for havarti cheese presented as one of the options would have been nice, considering there was no cheese to speak of. Overall, for the prices they have put on their menu full of stuff they call food are for lack of a better word, ridiculous. Oh, and don't even THINK about going there with children who eat table food and want to order their own. Completely disregarding the lack of a children's menu, frankly I don't consider a cut-up banana and a handful of grapes a $12 fruit salad. Each time the check came back with at least $10 of food/drinks that were never ordered by us, and each time the waiters were extremely annoyed about having to fix the bill to have it reflect something even remotely close to what was actually ordered. Sometihng about having to void the whole thing and start over.