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Ed's Chowder House
Posted by Anonymous on 02/16/2010
What a great space for a restaurant, too bad it's so poorly executed. I should have known that things were going to be bad when the bartender poured my martini, shook it up with the ice, and then let it sit there for 5 - 6 minutes while he tended to other things rendering the cocktail a cold glass of watered down gin. When I asked for a replacement I got a dirty look, though he did begrudgingly provide me with a new one. When our table was ready we confirmed with the host that we would be able to order from the bar menu at our table, something that our waitor seemingly had a problem with until it was re-confirmed by the host. We were ignored for most of the evening save for the bussboy bringing the wrong food. All in all, skip this place, not worth the time or money.
Posted by Eric on 01/16/2010
We went there for dinner and it's definitely on the list of places to go back to (maybe try bunch next). We went early to avoid the whole Lincoln Center scene/rush. The service was excellent, great look and atomosphere to the restaurant and most importantly, the food was, well, YUM! Calamari appetizer was very good, pot of New England clam chower was GREAT, and lobster roll and crabcake for main dishes were excellent. For the quality (and taste!) of the food and the service, the prices were actually reasonable. Totally a go-back-to place. Did I say YUM?? We'll see how brunch is...
Posted by Francesca on 12/14/2009
I read the reviews before my boyfriend and I went there. We were alittle worried! But it turned out to be great! We enjoyed our dinner very much and most of all the oysters! The waitress was very helpful and we asked her for suggesting and educated us on it as well. We were very pleased! The service was a bit slow but honestly thats because people in New York we are used to fast service! It was worth the wait and allowed us room for desserts, which was great! Some people need to sit back and relax...go there with someone who you enjoy spending time with!! It's well worth it!
Posted by Anon on 12/12/2009
The butternut squash-pumpkin chowder was the best food I've had so far this winter and I just ate at the Gotham Bar and Grill. I felt someone in the kitchen was striving for superlative. The waiter was quite personable. Maybe it varies but we had a great time.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/09/2009
I read all the reviews, but there was such a mix of good and bad that I thought maybe it'll be good. When we got there, we loved the decor instantly! It made me feel like I was in Boston, near the water. I thought I had found my new favorite place. But wow was I wrong. We ordered the chowder sampler and thought that has to be good (since it is a Chowder House), but no. The beet salad was good, probably the best thing we had there (along with their assortment of bread - especially the jalapeno bread), it was refreshing and simple. We ordered the scallop ravioli that some people had raved about, and the first bite was ok but not that exciting, so I thought the next bite would be better, but no there was sand in my mouth. We spoke to the manager and he apologized very nicely, and asked to replace it with something else. We ordered the Calamari instead, which was way too salty but other than that it was decent. So on to the main course. We ordered the lobster roll, which did not really taste like lobster and was covered with mayo. We also ordered the jumbo lump crab cakes, but there were no jumbo lumps. It was nothing to brag about, and the sauce that was underneath the crab cakes was very mayo-y. The fluke fish was not bad, but not great either, it was probably the better of the three entrees. We left the restaurant very disappointed, but I think I was really disappointed because I absolutely loved the decor and the atmosphere and really want to go back, but there is no way that's happening if the food stays the way it is.
Posted by anonymous on 11/01/2009
Upon, some research while sitting at the bar area, the bartender informed me about the wine pour. They are instructed to pour a touch above the adjacent water glass. This is measured out at 6oz, which is 1/4 of a bottle. The wine glass is actually a 20 oz wine glass. Now, I don't know where you normally go out to dine, but you rarely find anyone pouring more than 6 oz, although most places use a much smaller all-purpose wine glass. Also, the wines by the glass are priced as low as $8. There are also many wines in the $30 range as well. Just wanted to clear that up.
Posted by jl on 10/19/2009
We visited the restaurant after having had a great dinner at its previous incarnation as Centercut. The lobster was a good deal ($16/lb) and cooked well. However, the other selections (risotto, corn, chowder) were bland. However, the service was one of the worse experiences in 10 years of dining at New York's finest (and grimiest) restaurants. The waiter had little clue about the menu (let alone how to pronounce the names of the oysters), the food came out in the wrong order, the drinks took 30 minutes to arrives, and all this happened without any apologies or explanation even after mentioning the issues to the manager. A simple acknowledgment would have been sufficient from either person, but the service was just downright unpleasant. I can't recommend this restaurant. I hope the old restaurant (or at least the people) return.