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Talia's Steakhouse & Bar
Posted by Jane on 11/01/2004
If you're actually planning to have dinner, I wouldn't recommend going to this eatery. We waited a good 40 minutes for a table, and another 25 for a waiter to arrive. All four of us chose different dishes, but the resturant was out of major ingredients in all of them. So we changed to something else, and 30 minutes later two of the four appetizers arrived, but they were out of the other two...the waiter went to get the menu, and one of the entrees arrived with it. Tally: One person with app and entree, one person with app, two with stale bread and drinks that were made incorrectly. Since we had been there for almost two hours and we were starving, we asked for the manager. He took his sweet time, and said -- "it will come when it comes, I'm not the chef there's nothing I can do." No offers of a drink on the house, although he offered to bring more bread. We decided there was no point in waiting, so we asked for the check, and were charged for all four appetizers and two entrees. The manager went to change the bill, and didn't come back! After waiting for another 20 minutes, we added it up ourselves, including tax, and left money on the table. A truly terrible experience that took 2 and 1/2 hours.
Posted by Alon on 10/21/2004
I dine at Talia's Steakhouse since the grand opening. I found a major change in the service. I guess the management is caring about their customers. There are many new professional polite servers. Regarding the food, I always thought it is great. Try the prime rib for two. Really good. I hope that this new steakhouse will open additional unit in midtown, where I work, soon.
Posted by Rena on 10/20/2004
More pleasant atmosphere than Les Marais or Abigails; more affordable than Solo, Mike's, or Park East Grill and better on every dimension than Dougies or Eden Wok. The service was polite and surprisingly impressive relative to other kosher joints (with just a few minor complaints, e.g., fresh pepper came 5 minutes after the food was served) and the restaurant was very accomodating both of which made for an enjoyable evening for a sizable group.
Posted by Anon. on 07/19/2004
Despite having made a reservation, my party waited 45 minutes to be seated, with little apology. After finding dishes that they were not out of and ordering, we waited another 45 minutes for our food to arrive- Aside from our waiter being apologetic- we were not comped any of the food or beverages. Too bad because the food that was in stock, was actually tasty, but not worth the terrible service.
Posted by Daniel Wolf on 06/14/2004
I eat at Talia's Steakhouse several times a month. I notice a major positive change in the service. I was told by the waiter that new equipment was purchased to speed the service and new skilled servers were hired. The food always was great. The atmosphere is very special due to the fact that the outdoor cafe is now opened. I highly recommend Talia's Steakhouse to anyone who is looking for great fine restaurant.
Posted by Dani on 06/09/2004
This place was listed as a steakhouse but felt more like one of the shwarma places on coney island avenue. No decor, horrible service and mediocur food. I am sticking to Park East on the eastside from now on !
Posted by Anonymous on 05/02/2004
I've been to Talia's a number of times, and always enjoyed the food. The service is typically sub-par, but took a complete nose-dive last night when I went with 3 friends. Our waitress did not visit our table for 20 minutes, until we stopped her and told her we were ready to order. Our appetizers never came, and our entrees emerged an hour after we ordered. When we inquired about our missing appetizers, the waitress stared at us with a vacant look and said that she forgot to put them in the computer. She was extremely rude, and acted as if we were somehow at fault until we asked to speak to the owner. The owner apologized for her mistake, and offered to make everything "whole" by giving us one glass of wine ... we pointed out that we already had ordered a bottle. He then offered to give us 2 free desserts, for the 4 of us to share. Only after we told him that this was completely unacceptable and berated the service did he agree to give us all free desserts. Our dining experience was apparently shared by other unsatisfied customers: the table next to us waited 2 hours to receive their entrees, while a woman who was burned when a waiter spilled her soup was only offered a 20% discount and a cup of ice. Talia's food is pretty good, but the horrendous service and callous indifference to the customers contribute to a regrettable dining experience.