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Eli's Vinegar Factory
Posted by Gastrognome on 05/12/2010
The bread is great and unique to Eli's ...but just about anything else can be had for a FAR better price elsewhere in the neighborhood.
Posted by Lebowski on 10/17/2009
I live around the corner from this place. It's a grocery store that serves prepared food and has a small cafe inside. There are mounds of prepared food that must be sitting out for hours because its prohibitively expensive and most people have more sense than to pay over 50 dollars of poorly cooked sliced Filet Mignon. You can get a pound of a steak with a side at Peter Luger for that price, btw. It seems like Eli's ONLY goal is to appeal to the egos of young yuppies who have no idea what to do with their money. Excuse me while I vomit.
Posted by Alyssa on 05/23/2009
My boyfriend and I love this place. Don't plan on eating the rest of the day though, the meals leave you stuffed for an entire day! The jam and bread they serve is complimentary with a meal. That alone is the best part of the meal. Try any of the omletes, they are tasty and the home fries are usually just as good. They also have a buffet for those interested in variery. We just moved back to the neighborhood and I am already nervous that I will be adding a couple thousand extra calories each month from eating at this delicious place!
Posted by Jersey Girl on 01/12/2009
Had breakfast with a friend on Saturday morning. The place was not crowded. We ordered the french toast, which by the way is $12. It is made with either challah or brioche, I do not know the difference. Anyhow, the french toast was burnt to a crisp on the outside and raw and eggy everywhere else. We complained to our waitress, I mean it was inedible, and she spoke to the cooks and they told her that's how its done. I'll tell you how its done where I come from. Its cooked slowly so as not to burn it and if if the customer is not happy, you move heaven and earth to please them. I was hoping they would offer to remake it. That was not the case and let me tell you when you charge that kind of money for bread and egg, you make sure its perfect. Waste of money.
Posted by Chipwitch on 01/10/2009
Hadn't been here in a while and decided to treat a friend for breakfast. We got the french toast. It was burnt, and yet clearly undercooked everywhere else. The service was a bit slow although the place was empty. When we questioned the quality of our $12 french toast she questioned the cooks and they said that's how its done. If you are going to charge that price you should make that french toast is perfect not burnt around the outside and raw egg everywhere else. Almost 2 full plates were tossed in the trash. This is my last visit to the Vinegar Factory as it has left a sour taste in my mouth. A disgrace to Eli Zabar's good name. I'm sure even he would not partake in that burnt mess. We should have been offered for it to be redone.
Posted by UESider on 12/01/2007
This place, although in the top of a grocery store, has really great brunch. The eggs benedict are delicious. Although the service can be a little slow but not terrible, the food makes up for it.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/11/2007
I love Eli's grocery stores, so I had thought the brunch would be of the same caliper. I was mistaken, the atmosphere is not great it really does look like your sitting in a factory above the grocery store, the food was not as good as I was expecting, the restuarant wasn't full and the service was very slow. Also it was almost $15 for just a beligian waffle, no fruit, or any toppings, omlettes were also expensive.