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Posted by pinni on 05/04/2014
The food was good but way overpriced and small portions.
Posted by Ben on 01/24/2014
I understand that kosher restaurants don't have the glitz of non-kosher restaurants in terms of décor and that's ok as long as you're willing to accept that since you're kosher your limiting yourself as it is. The problem is when these places know that and so they know they have you and don't have to spend extra on the "niceties" since they know you're trapped there anyhow. Enter Mike's Bistro, another kosher steakhouse, another disappointment. I won't get into the fact that it's overpriced for what it is (everyone who keeps kosher knows that the prices are a scam but again you have no choice!). But I will say that the food was mediocre. It always helps to go with someone who isn't kosher because as my friend told me compared to non-kosher it was like wedding food. Ok so most Jews don't know amazing amazing food because the best chefs aren't kosher and that's a given. That said the food was passable. Not great, but passable. The gnocchi was solid, the lamb only ok, and the short ribs decent. The atmosphere? Wedding chairs and tables. Lighting sconces that looked like soccer balls, and a ceiling that was so low I could touch it sitting down. Chinese doors separating the kitchen from the restaurant, a refrigerator that held the bottled water out in the open by the back tables (A very typical kosher restaurant move see Eighteen Restaurant), and of course the signature random pictures that mean nothing. Like most kosher restaurants save the new Prime Grill this looked like a social hall in your synagogue. Now my favorite part the service. Started out well she gave excellent descriptions of everything, it all sounded good. THEN IT HAPPENED. In typical kosher restaurant style....the Rush to turn the table. Food came wizzing out so fast I couldn't believe they had time to cook it. Apps 5 minutes after we ordered, dinner 5 seconds after we finished the apps. Then fork in hand I was twice asked if I was finished. "Still working?" "STILL WORKING?" Please leave. Then we order dessert and here's the best part: She brought the bill with the dessert. I didn't ask for it, she just brought it. I through it on the chair so I didn't have to look at it while we ate. Was she serious? After spending $250 for ok food, poor décor, and 3 glasses of wine, I would have expected better. In and out in 1 hour. When oh When will a kosher restaurant get it right?!?! There's always something wrong. Never going back to Mike's. Done.
Posted by Arabella on 06/25/2013
I was annoyed to find that despite the fact that I reserved a table for 4 for 8 PM and arrived early at the restaurant, they made me wait 40 minutes to be seated. When I decided to leave and dine across the street the hostess followed me out with "your table is ready!"Not Going Back. Ever!
Posted by Karen on 06/20/2013
My family and I (total of 4 people) went to Mike's Bistro last night for dinner. We waited 45 minutes from ordering the main course until it was served. We ate in 10 minutes. The food was mediocre at best, and overpriced. We sat in the small enclosed area facing 72 Street. It was noisy. The service was bad. Summary: Bad service, overpriced, mediocre food. Avoid this place.
Posted by Ahuva Simonivitch on 09/23/2012
This place was recommended by a friend of ours. We read all the reviews and decided to stop by for a dinner while our trip to New York. I will try to be objective on all aspects of our experience. It didn't meet our expectations at all. You can get this kind of home cooking restaurants all over Israel. I guess the pricing was what ruined our expectations. For 20$ for aps and 45$ for mains we expected everything to be perfect. Not that the food was bad. It was GOOD but not exceptional. The salad I had was just like the salad you can get anywhere. The gnocchi had more chicken than duck. Talking about short cuts and saving a dollar on chefs side. It was the highlight of our meal after all. It tasted nice and could be even better if it had more duck and less chicken. My husband's steak was sent back twice. Every time it was undercooked. I do understand that a good steak should be med rare, but my husband prefers it well done. This is how he likes it. Can they get this right and how the customers want it? I guess not. The desserts. A complete disaster. They looked like they were brought from across the street with 600% markup sold to us. Nothing inspiring at all. Hiring a pastry chief could solve this problem if I was running this place. Again, the place is strong 3-4. The prices that's what pushed it down to 2. For this kind of money Mikes charges we expect it to be close to perfect. The place is small but cozy. It was almost empty while we dined. So the service was amazing. We really had all the professional attention from our waiter. Are we coming back? Certainly not. The food could use some refining and did I mention the pricing? Inadequate to say the least.
Posted by nancy o on 09/08/2012
needed a place to have a great dinner in a comfortable environment....i was expecting average and i got something great. highly recommended
Posted by sandy on 08/30/2012
Very small portions! the food was "ok" but for that price i should have been full after i left.