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Posted by Anonymous on 03/28/2007
I went to Docks for the first time and I would describe it as an upscale diner. The calamari I had as an appetizer was excellent, but then it went downhill from there. The crabcakes were soggy, small and not good. The grilled salmon was a bit under cooked, but on the whole, not bad. And the chicken Pillard had more foliage pilled on top of it, than actual chicken. Try to avoid lunch, it's extremely busy and service is lacking.
Posted by Barbara on 03/21/2007
I go to Dock's every couple of weeks because the fish is always fresh, the service is efficient,, the place is handsome and the tables are relatively far apart. I find that the broiled or fried fish are best and the cole slaw is delicious. The fish is always moist and tasty. At busy times, try to avoid being seated near the bar if you want to have some quiet conversation, but otherwise, the place is all you could want in a fish restaurant. I have always enjoyed my meal.
Posted by herbbob on 12/24/2006
Went to the East Side Docks last evening (12/23/06) and was very disappointed. The lobster bisque was the only dish servered at the correct temperature, but it was brothlike thin and had no lobster in it. The main courses were all seved at room temperature and overcooked. The desserts were very good but we couldn't enjoy them since the earlier dishes were so disappointing and we couldn't wait to leave.With the restaurant was less than half full and the kitchen not rushed one would have expected a much better experience. We have never been this disappointed at the West Sde venue. Will try there again before I write the Docks off my list.
Posted by The Henderson on 11/20/2006
In many ways, Docks is reminiscent of an underachieving athlete – think Eddy Curry for all you Knick fans -- a tremendous amount of potential that somehow never measures up to its promise. The place is well lit and handsome, and the service is helpful and eager – the martinis very generous. But the food, the most important part, is wildly inconsistent and largely unremarkable. When the kitchen does get it right, there are a few standouts. The clam chowder can be extraordinary - not too creamy, with hearty chunks of leeks, potatoes, and very clean tasting clams. But frequently, it was too thick, and skimping on the clams. The eggs benedict can also be quite good. But occasionally, the eggs are overcooked, and the hollandaise sauce too viscous, resulting in the world’s first dry eggs benedict. But the most perplexing aspect of Docks may be the seafood, which is decidedly mediocre and very expensive. The shrimp and crab cocktails were dry and bland, tasting no better than the store bought variety. The selection of oysters was surprising limited, offering nothing from the west coast . The lobster salad was sweet and fleshy one night, skimpy with too much mayonnaise the next. Either way, it could use a dose of heft in the form of some onion and dill. The bun was also a bit soggy. But when it gets it right, Docks can be a fun experience with some good seafood. The steamers were first rate on several occasions. The king crab claws were fleshy, but those few bright spots don’t make up for the mountain of disappointments.
Posted by Foodpro on 10/09/2006
For us it's a convenient neighborhood place and we come here when the weather's bad (we could just walk there and not worry about getting taxis). So here's the deal: Pros: easy to get a reservation, okay food, good drinks but not cheap. Cons: Loud, noisy space, air head waitresses. Overall: Worth a try.
Posted by Jim M on 03/30/2006
I have been to Docks a dozen+ times and have yet to be disappointed. An excellent place for lunch with a client. The fish specials are always reliable and the staff are well trained.
Posted by jeff on 02/20/2006
After not having been to Dock's in several years, we returned on Feb 16,2006. We will probably never return. My dinner arrived under-cooked, while my table partner's was served. They took my dinner back and returned it again in about 10 minutes --- still under-cooked. I asked for a new serving which appeared about 20 minutes later. The food was mediocore. For dessert I orderd an ice cream sundae that was being served in parfait glasses. They ran out of glasses and served the sundae in a dish - a minor disappointment. Overall the food was sub-par. To their credit the server did not charge for my dinner - but I was not looking for a free meal - just a good one.