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The Crooked Knife
Posted by Natasha on 03/27/2014
Had dinner with six - my book club - this evening. The food was good, but the service was weird. We ordered beer and other other drinks first - so far so good. Then we ordered food, things got very strange. I ordered the veggie burger and asked the waitress what was served on it. She asked "do you want it plain?" I said no, I just wondered if it came with tomato or onion or something. She said I could have what a wanted, but would not say if anything came with it. The same thing happened to the woman who was ordering the chicken burger. She wanted to know if there was mayo on it. The waitress just refused to say what, if anything, came on the burger. As it happens, my burger came with tomato, greens, mayo and a yummy warm onion marmalade. I have no idea why it was such a state secret. It also came with a bun, which I asked them not to bring. Is this bad service or just very, very strange? Later, the waitress and bus staff were way to eager to clear our tables. They cleared the plates of two guests who finished first, even though everyone else was still eating. And we were asked several times if we were still working on our food, when we obviously were. The restaurant wasn't full, so I don't know why they were doing this. At any rate, my veggie burger was great, as was everyone else's food. The beer variety is decent, and the place is really adorable. I would recommend it, but say that you should be prepared for a quasi mystery meal.
Posted by SP on 01/18/2013
This place is a candidate for Kitchen Nightmares. A bar/restaurant that's not entirely sure of its identity, in one room a poorly lit loud pub, in another room (not completely separated) a well lit dining area that (has nice fireplaces), but looks like it was decorated with every possible trinket in aisle 6 at HomeGoods. The wine list was laughable, $8 for a Merlot that costs aprox. the same amount for the entire bottle. The calamari frozen and very chewy. Main course took a while to come out and was really the most salty, overdone strangely carved chicken I've ever eaten. Mercifully skipped dessert and left, w/ a $90 bill for two. There are some aspects that could make this a serviceable restaurant down the line, but needs a complete revamp...unless it wants to just exist as a "pub", but in the growing world of NYC gastropubs where you can get great food and a great traditional bar, this place is thankfully left behind in the late 90's.
Posted by Forsyte on 04/27/2012
Nice place, wanted a burger. But after quite a while, "rare" came "medium well" and fries mediocre-- frozen. At that point no time to send it back so was stuck. But for $13 what the heck-- wish this nice neighborhood place were better. Pleasant service.
Posted by Dave M. on 06/26/2011
Went to The Crooked Knife on a recent Saturday night. Had a very nice meal. We were a group of 7 and there was plenty to choose from. Staff was accommodating of our requests. The setting was fun with a vibrant bar scene and good music. Will be visiting again soon.
Posted by Edith on 04/13/2011
Yummy! The food is delish, here. It not only has great Irish/English pub food, but the pasta my BFF had was INCREDIBLE. Seafood chowder rocks too. And the place is like, cool….we spotted a couple of hottie’s at a table close by. Totally worth the trip. Can’t wait to try chicken pot pie next time that a friend recommended!
Posted by Truman on 02/16/2011
I really didn't know what to expect when I slid in here with some friends to get out of the blistering Manhattan wind in the middle of January. What a great surprise. Service was fast and friendly and the food was great. I loved the Shepard's Pie and I had a taste of my friends' entrees as well. The Australian Lamb stew was scrumptious. Such a warm, and delicious experience. The Paella appetizer was great too.
Posted by Miss Murray Hill on 02/13/2011
Kitchy little place - a reprieve for NYers who are accustomed to a bit too much flare, but rrrreeeeeeeaaaaaaallllly......frozen burgers? Wooden plates? Can't wait to see what Mayor Mike's team rates the kitchen with. Given the low quality food, the challenging service (maybe my burger became frozen given the hour wait for food), the novelty of the environment was quickly dismissed. Skip this one.