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East End Kitchen
Posted by UpperEastSide ML on 10/25/2011
It's been an uphill battle, but this place is coming along very well. Had dinner there last night. The appetizers were very good and the burger, which is now on the main restaurant menu, was wonderful. Service was good and certainly much better than it was when the place first opened. It's so nice to have a good neighborhood place where the food is good and the noise level is so conducive to conversation. Keep up the good work.
Posted by MTH on 10/21/2011
The experience started out on a positive note. As the restaurant became crowded service slowed considerably. Our appetizer, though odd, was the best part of the meal (broccoli rabe and creme). The main courses were a great disappointment. The lamb shoulder was presented on an unappealing plate and the lamb (which was not lamb shoulder) was tough and served with a lime sauce that did not help. Overall, quite a disappointing and expensive experience.
Posted by Happy Eater on 10/18/2011
Eating in this restaurant is like going to a friend's for dinner, a friend who is a great cook. The food is freshly prepared - no skimping on ingredients or attention to detail. The dining room is beautiful in a restful way - the staff helpful and friendly. The owner is present and pleased to discuss the venture, which expresses a vision rather a singular focus on the bottom line. I had a swiss chard tart that was interesting and excellent; with its tart side preparation, the combination of flavors was suggestive of high level cooking. My trout was wrapped in hand sliced bacon served with lentils, mustard greens in a light red wine sauce. It did not miss a beat. Lastly, my dessert was a cake or torte made from chocolate and hazelnuts with a gel type fig glaze surrounded by a fine creme anglaise amidst dark chocolate swirls. Once again, the concept and execution suggested a 4 star venue. It is clear that these folks are committed to wonderful food in a lovely setting. This is a place not to be missed!
Posted by Anonymous on 10/15/2011
Pumpkin soup was divine. It has a depth of flavor that is really memorable. My wife got Wild Mushroom Stew. It was interesting but, calling it stew seems a bit misleading. I ordered Braised Lamb for the main dish. It was disappointing as a whole, I have to say. It came with polenta cakes and brussels sprouts. First of all, when I first saw the dish, it didn't look enticing. The chef needs to think about the presentation. Ordering Lamb, I was imagining something richer and bolder in terms of flavor. The sauce was unique. But, it was bland and I was not sure what it really does to add to the meat. My conclusion was that it is not successful. When you spend 26 dollars for a dish. I think you should get a more flavorful dish that looks good also. Without wine, it could have been really a boring dish. Polenta cakes were rich and unique again. But, after pumpkin soup, it wasn't all that appealing to me. My wife ordered a burger, which was good enough but rather over-priced for what it is. Ambiance is casual and comfortable. Service was not bad. I will try their brunch sometime. Although I am a bit disappointed with the lamb dish, I am glad I have this restaurant in the neighborhood because there was pretty much nothing around here.
Posted by RS on 10/12/2011
I really wanted to like this restaurant since I live in the neighborhood. Tried it twice recently. Sent main dish back for a burger. Even the green salad was not well prepared.
Posted by adele on 09/29/2011
Was empty when we arrived but despite a lot of very nice wait people, we had to wait over a 1/2 hour for food. The pork dish was supposed to be well done, it was medium at most, the brussels sprouts were over cooked and soggy. The duck with chocolate and berries was pretty good. All the food was lukewarm at best and portions were on the small side. The berry dessert had a strange, tasteless gooey creme(anglaise?). Suggest good vanilla ice cream instead. The wine by the glass was reasonable and a "good pour". The bread was good. This place needs better organization and help in the kitchen. Will try again later this year...
Posted by Elise M. on 09/24/2011
I loved the duck, the chocolate sauce was different and unique. We found the server to be warm and welcoming although not very knowledgeable. The manager was very sweet and brought us an Amaro to pair with our saffron ice cream. Overall a great experience I look forward to going back.