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Ed's Chowder House
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.
Posted by Jen on 10/18/2009
Expectations were high, but the restaurant was underwhelming at best. While we were promptly seated, that was the only highlight of the evening. After being seated, it took 25 minutes before the waiter returned with cocktails (even after asking the manager the status of the order). The waiter was inattentive and appeared to be inexperienced: the appetizers arrived when my dining companion was in the restroom; the entrees arrived when I was in the restroom; the waiter didn't know the oysters (or how to pronounce them); the waiter had trouble clearing our plates. As for the food, the lobster was a good deal ($16/lb) and the corn chowder was tasty. The risotto was bland, and the chowder had chewy oysters. Most of the guests were 60+ and seemed to receive much more attention. I would not recommend the food or service, unfortunately. I told the hostess about the lack of service, and I hope that they remedy the issue.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/16/2009
We were really hoping it would be good. It would be great to have a nice place in the neighborhood. Unfortunately it was not good. The New England Clam Chowder was very disappointing. You can get better out of a can. It did not even have a hint of cream in it. It was watery and had almost no flover or whole clams. I also got a Wedge Salad and the lettuce was not even crisp. My husband had the lobster roll and he said it was Ok. The service was bad, we sat in the bar area and finally some one came to wait on us. We ordered a bottle of wine, our glasses were empty for quite some time before we finally had to ask a bus boy if he could fiend either our bottle of wine they had put on ice or our server. He came back a minute later with our wine. Or server only got friendly when she delivered the check and it was tip time. Hopefully it improves or it will last about a long as the last restaurant in that space.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/11/2009
I tried to leave comments privately on their website - impossible. Let's start with annoyingly overfriendly hostess. Asked for a drink that came with an obviously cheaper liquor - the waitress admitted it when I asked. Crappy salad. Wine pour way too low - wiatress said they were supposed to pour to the height of the adjacent water glass - no one at any decent restaurant pours such a small amout of wine. New England clam chowder (I grew up in New Hampshire) sucked - all flour and water. At least buy a decent one until you get it right. Side of green beans were split down the middle to make it look more generous than it was. Chicken paillard seemed broiled, not grilled - plus not pounded thin enough to count as paillard. We really want good restaurants in the neighborhood to thrive. I hope Jeffrey Chodorow gets this right before it is too late. It is a much needed concept in the hood.
Posted by DS on 10/05/2009
Pretty restaurant. Good service. Excellent food. A great experience. Very crowded on Friday night at 6:00 PM. Shows much promise for such a new restaurant.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/30/2009
My fiance and I happened to walk by this place and decided to check it out. The first thing we noticed was that the place was packed. We were told that there would be a wait for a walk in, so we decided to eat at the bar. The physical structure of the bar itself is almost worth going to see alone. It is made of center cut agates that are lit from below. The bartender was very polite and personable, and was helpful in both recommending our food and our wines, of which there is an excellent selection. We started with the lobster crumble and oysters from the raw bar. The crumble was rich and decadent and delicious and the oysters were very fresh. For entrees we split the lump crab cakes, which were very meaty, not overly breaded, and their special house burger. Sooo good! It's nice that they have options for both seafood lovers and people who just want a great burger. We don't usually do dessert, but since the rest of the food was so good, we decided to go for it. We ordered (get this), chocolate sugared donuts. They had some sort of cream filling and came with two dipping sauces, hazelnut and chocolate. Everything was so good, and the service was so excellent, we were shocked to find out we came during opening week! Definitely coming back, can't wait to see what it's like after it's been open for a while.
Posted by foodlover on 09/24/2009
I went to Ed's Chowder House for the first time last night for dinner. It just opened so I was curious about all the hype - especially since there are so many new mediocre restaurants popping up. I must say I was pleasantly surprised with how good the food was, not to mention the amazingly attentive, but not overbearing, service. My friend and I had the lump crab meat and spicy mussels to start as well as the chowder sampler. Yummmmm. The mussels were oh so good - not too salty and just the right amount of spice. The chowder sampler gives you three 4 oz (1/2 cup) bowls of the manhattan, new england, and corn chowder. My favorite was the manhattan and my friend couldn't get enough of the new england. For entrees, the tuna steak was perfect. But the best part of the meal was the dessert. Do not miss out on the banana split. It's big enough for two people to share and delicious enough for one person to not want to share it! We also had the blueberry crumble (yes, we ate a lot) and that as well was right on the mark. Sometimes crumbles can be overly sweet and short on the fruit. But this crumble wasn't missing a thing - my compliments to the pastry chef! Overall, I will definitely go back to Ed's Chowder House. It's about time a decent restaurant opened up in the neighborhood!