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Posted by Nicole on 12/23/2009
I live a couple blocks away, and was so excited when this place opened. I went for a late Sunday brunch, and the food was delicious. I liked it so much that I returned the following Sunday for a drink/late snack with a friend. We arrived around 4, and the place was about half full. As we waited for our food/drinks, we noticed the place clearing out. We were served our food quickly, then were stared at while we ate. We barely drank half our wine and the place had emptied. The staff just kept staring at us, willing us to leave We were so uncomfortable that we hurried up and left. At that point the staff was all seated in the back room eating. Now, I'm not sure if they close between brunch and dinner, or what. It was truly bizarre, and made us feel extremely unwelcome.
Posted by Chelsea girl on 12/04/2009
My boyfriend and I live in the neighborhood and finally had a chance to check out Tipsy Parson last night. So disappointing! First of all, our server was overbearing. He hovered over our table all night, at one point practically grabbing the bottle of wine out of my hand so he could pour it himself. That is probably because he was bored - the restaurant was half full in the back even though when I called the hostess told me I was in luck and had grabbed the ONLY table left for the whole night! As for the food: fine, but not memorable and completely overpriced. 4 oysters on a plate for $14? They were braised, but come on. You are better off taking a walk down to Joseph Leonard and ordering nearly a dozen for that price. Or better yet, walking directly across the street to Le Grainne and having an amazing French meal for 20 bucks. So many more appealing options in the hood...don't bother with this one.
Posted by KeithO on 11/28/2009
I live in the hood and feel this is more Meatpacking growing northward than a Chelsea neighborhood place. They tried to sit our table of 3 at a 2 top in hallway with the gushing promise it was low traffic. 10 seconds after sitting and realizing it was where the coat check was (bumped twice in that time) we had to ask to move. They then forgot the non alcoholic drink for the pregnant woman for 30 minutes, forgot the utensils for the entree's until we got up and asked, and the check until the third ask. The food was ok, but man, disrespect is not a needed factor in a night out. Shape up or ship out Tipsy Parson.
Posted by Maria on 11/25/2009
Warmth and goodness are the first words that come to mind. The gleaming bar and the soft glow of the beautifully appointed dining room put you in the mood to experience rich, rewarding tastes. Our server was knowledgeable about the dishes and made excellent wine recommendations. Our apps were the fig rumaki, a wonderful combination of textures and tastes and the amazing cheese straws, the ambrosia and kale/spinach salads (thoughtfully prepared and dressed). We followed with the duck breast and pork shank accompanied by the best grits and cheese and greens to be found north of the Mason Dixon. The flavors all worked brilliantly together, the food arrived with just right intervals between courses, and we enjoyed an unhurried truly excellent dining experience. We were far too stuffed but couldn't resist the Grasshopper and neither should you! This was my third dinner at Tipsy, each time with a different friend - each of whom loved the experience too. If the early reviews that describe disorganized service were true at the time, they have since been disproved. I can't wait to go back!
Posted by mary on 11/24/2009
With all of the hype surrounding the opening of this restaurant, my husband and I decided to try it out last week. The surly service and the mediocre food made this such a regrettable experience. Although, the decor was inviting, the quality of the service and the food was not worth the price and long wait. Living in Chelsea for the last two years, we know that there are way too many restaurants in the area that provides great service and great food. A good addition to the neighborhood it isn't.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/21/2009
Our experience at Tipsy parson went from bad to worse last night. It started out with the host who told us that despite our having made a reservation, they couldn't guarantee that a table would be available for us until an hour after our reservation time. We tried to be understanding and said we would be happy to have a few snacks at the bar until our table was ready. to this, she just shrugged her shoulders and walked off. After two watered down cocktails, my girlfriend thought the surly owner had called us over. We walked up to her only to have her yell at us, "I wasn't talking to you!" I was ready to walk out the door at this point, but my girlfriend was keen to try the food. Eventually we were seated and allowed to order our food. After ordering, we waited 45 mins for our two overseasoned appetizers to arrive and then another half hour for our entrees on of which, the mac and cheese, was enjoyable. For dessert, we ordered the tipsy parson to share. It was way too alcoholic and neither my girlfriend nor i could get though two bites.
Posted by ilovefood on 11/11/2009
Having read some positive reviews of this place, i thought i would check it out with my boyfriend this sunday. I wish i hadn't. The food should have been straightforward enough, mac&cheese, hush puppies, simple salads, soup. . . but somehow Tipsy Parson managed to take the flavor out of the most simple dishes. I really wanted to like this place. It is cute and who doesn't love mac & cheese and juleps, but i just couldn't . If you love food, go someplace else!!