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The Breslin Bar & Dining Room
Posted by Zach on 07/24/2013
I begged my girlfriend to go here after reading the reviews and getting a recommendation from a friend but unfortunately I had to admit I made a mistake by time we left. We arrived and were sat right away but were squeezed into a tiny two top, between two other parties, the hostess had to move the table just for me to get to my seat. So if you want to have a private conversation or a romantic evening good luck. I looked at the dinner menu, the cocktail menu, and the beer menu and not one thing was normal on any of them. I am all for originality and for unique experiences but I feel like they had a meeting and threw out anything that "the man" would like. It makes me laugh because they tried so hard to be different it was like that hipster you knew in high school that did the opposite of everything mainstream because it was ironic and cool despite all rationality. But back to the menu...they start off by serving mineral water... THEY CAN'T EVEN HAVE NORMAL WATER... They throw in random French words on the titles because its "hip"... Me and my girlfriend ordered the lamb burger which is served with cummin mayo which I enjoyed. It was served on a cutting board (plates are mainstream). My girlfriend asked for regular mayo which they don't have (you guessed it mainstream..) and got ketchup which they did offer thank goodness...oh no wait its not ketchup it's tomato purée. She ordered two diet cokes they came in cool little 8oz antique glass coke bottles at 4 dollars a pop. I hate to talk bad about the service because I am a waiter but it was sub par. In conclusion two burgers two diet cokes and two beers cost me 80$ and my pride when I had to admit to my girlfriend she was right and we should have never gone here in the first place.
Posted by Shania R. on 05/17/2013
Fantastic! Everything about this place is fantastic - the food, the service, the atmosphere. The lamb burgers are just awesome.
Posted by Mr. K on 05/31/2012
We liked the ambiance of the restaurant, it feels intimate even when the place is full. The food was delicious. Oysters were very fresh, and smal plates were very tasty. On the other hand, the service was just disappointing. Our waitress completely ignored our table (it was just 2 of us, so maybe she didn't think it was worth her time). Raw food came quickly, but kitchen items took a very long time to arrive. Noone asked whether the served food was ok, noone said thank you & goodbye when you left. So if you go there, enjoy the food, but don't expect them to care whether you're there or not.
Posted by Keith on 05/29/2012
It took ages for the server to take our order, and ages for it to come. Toast was ordered with the English breakfast but was not delivered with the meal. We had to remind the server about the toast, which came 20 minutes later. Also, we had to ask 3 times for a coffee refill. They had the nerve to charge for the toast (the server said she forgot to put the toast order in). We complained and the toast charge was taken off the bill. We won't be going back.
Posted by Dave on 02/26/2012
The service was subpar starting from the attitude at the hostess stand. Far overpriced and rude. Why would anyone go there with all the great choices in the area??
Posted by anonymous on 08/22/2011
I had a horrible experience, start to finish. We came early on a week night to avoid a long wait. Their large dining room was almost entirely empty, with only 2 tables taken. We were told to go buy drinks for twenty minutes. We begged to just sit down, even if we had to wait to order, and were told that the kitchen was too busy (?). The attitude of the staff was one of mean snobbery and disregard. When we finally did sit down, the next problem was the food. Everything was way overcooked and overs piced and TINY and super expensive! It was truly the worst meal and dining experience I've had in this city.
Posted by Mark Hughes on 04/16/2011
I must agree with the first foodie's review. We have never been to a restaurant in NYC that makes burgers all the same way. The lamb burgers we ordered were served quite red almost raw although I enjoyed mine, my wife did not. I had wondered why the service staff had not asked which way we would prefer it. From the quite personal reply to foodies post it seams to us that maybe the restaurant has decided that they know enough about other customers preference to continue with the burgers their way. This I feel could be one of the reasons for Breslin 3 star rating. We eat out regularly and prefer to try ratings with 4+ stars, but we tried Breslin although having only a 3 star rating due to a recent article in the the Timeout New York. NYC contains plenty of top class restaurants with good reviews, excellent food which equal the prices at Breslin. The difference between these restaurants and Breslin is that they understand and have grasped the concept that the customer is their business ($) and their customers reviews and comments equals success or not.