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Posted by Anonymous on 03/29/2011
Nothing special about the food here. I went with a group of friends, and had the chowder and fish. Nothing was memorable. The restaurant itself is nice, but it's certainly nothing special in terms of the quality of food. It's your typical NYC "pay a lot because it's fancy" restaurant. Definitely not worth the price. I will not go back and would not recommend.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/30/2011
We found all the food to be of poor caliber. The Manhattan and Boston Clam Chowder were watery and rather tasteless. The main dishes were disappointing. Iitems on the menu were processed to barely recognizable forms. What was most upsetting was the answer of "no free refills" to the request for more coffee. After spending $180.00 without tip the words and the thought of "no free refills" seemed even more distatseful than the food. When I expressed my discontent to the maitre'd, he reassured me that no other restaurant that serves the very expensive pressed coffee offers free refills. Even the term free refill for a 200 dollar tab seems absurd. The fact that other restaurants do not offer "free refills" does not ameliorate my repugnance. I will not eat here with or without "free refills" ever again.
Posted by anonymous on 01/03/2011
Had the Lobster roll at $27 - ridiculously small amount of lobster meat. Bread roll was cut not even 1/4 way in and just a smattering of lobster across the top. Other places in town serve a lobster roll at same price that is stuffed full of lobster and this was nothing special even to begin with. Disappointment.
Posted by Susan on 12/01/2010
I have had dinner at Ed's Chowder House several times, and really enjoyed the food and the ambiance. So when my good friend's were having their 30th anniversary, I suggested Ed's for the celebration. There were eight of us. No one else had ever been there before except my husband and myself. When we arrived, we were shown to a very spacious round booth (which is great for conversation). They all loved the spacious, luxurious atmosphere. When the waiter arrived, knowing it was for a special occasion, brought over champagne. We then looked over the menu, and placed our order. I shared the most delicious thick cut french toast with caramelized bananas and pecans, and an open faced omelet with lobster, onions and spinach with my friend. It tasted as good as it sounds. The rolls and corn sticks were also delicious. Our waiter and the bus boys were more than knowledgeable and attentive. The water glass were filled whenever needed. Then came dessert. How can you choose? They all sounded so delicious! We ordered the banana cream pie (to die for) and the apple crisp with ice cream. They were kind enough to also send over the chocolate mousse cake. There was none left! My friend, whose anniversary it was, is going to have a college reunion for 15 people in April. She already booked Ed's Chowder House for the dinner!
Posted by BAU on 11/29/2010
The Chowder House came highly recomended and I was expecting good things. The decor is beautiful and the bar staff is great, but that's where it ends. The lobster rolls were no better than food cart mediocre and the cod entre was totally inedible.
Posted by anonymous on 11/06/2010
my son wanted to take the family out to a nice place to eat and chose Ed's. i should have known we were in trouble when the elevator was out of service & my wife & I, bad knees and all, had to walk up the stairs. The atmosphere was nice. The waiter answered all our questions and was accommodating. The NE Clam chowder was nothing to speak of - chewy clams and not very hot. The wedge salad was the smallest i've ever seen. The calamari portion was also small; the lump crabmeat was ok. my younger son and i had the broiled shrimp - 6 not so jumbo pieces. the mashed potatoes came out cold, were returned, and the second order a little warmer than the first. my older son had the smallest piece of salmon i ever saw in a restaurant. the double lamb chops my wife ordered-she asked that they be split-were also the smallest ever. she asked the waiter if he was sure they were double lamb chops and he quickly said yes. my wife couldn't believe what she had heard. she LOVES lambchops and orders them quite often when we eat out. the service was on the slow side. it's a good thing they serve small baskets of rolls/biscuits w/butter or we would have left as though never have eaten. my younger son stated that everything tasted like horseradish. The worst part was that my older son paid the bill and we felt terrible that he paid so much for so little. and he said that he'd eaten there before. we could have eaten in so many places in the city for the same money with much better food and portions. this was our first and last visit here.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/06/2010
$5 for a tiny glass of ice tea that was nothing special and no refills. Manager not helpful and could not care less about customers. This is a tourist trap, skip it!