My wife and I experienced Moderne Barn in Armonk last night with two friends.
It is obvious that the Chef has some abilities but oh that service..
Our reservation turned out to be "lost" despite the fact that they had called to confirm
said reservation. We were sent upstairs where they were utilizing their private dining rooms.
We ordered a White Anchovy Pizza for the table ($15.00) and it was quite tasty. I ordered their "Classic Caesar" Salad @ $9.00as an appetizer and requested Anchovies with my salad.
I was more then a little surprised to learn that they charged me an extra $2.00 for the requested Anchovies. I was under the impression that Anchovies are a part of a "Classic Caesar" but
perhaps I am mistaken. One member of our party had the Baby Arugla Salad @ $10.00. Another individual order a Mixed Green Salad @ $8.00 and my wife had the Heiloom Tomatoes @ $12.00.
No pepper was offered but when requested, a small pepper shaker was produced and placed on the table and we could pepper our salads ourselves. ?????.
The ordered Crusted Salmon @$23.00, the Day Boat Scallops @ $27.00, were fine.
I ordered a special of Duck Breast ($27.00 )which was cooked nicely and was served with
a few tablespoons of white and black barley (?), several cooked grape tomatoes, and radish
slices. Desserts are $ 8.00 each and were good. Coffee was $ 2.50 while Tea was $ 4.00
The establishment was extremely crowded and the noise level was something akin to
that of a packed football stadium. If I were to rank the food only I would give the restaurant two stars but then again there is the issue of service. The service was quite frankly on the level of the Marx Brothers at the Circus. Lots and lots of help... all walking about dazed and confused. Amateur night! Limited training... Really poor! The bread tray was never refilled. Dishes were cleared while some of us were still dining! The wait between courses was much too L O N G. Servers had to walk up a long flight of stairs bringing the food and much of it was served cold or lukewarm. Our table was cleared after we paid the bill and we were still seated. All in all the service rendered was so bad that none of us would return despite the food.
I am wondering if other Chowhound readers and posters think that a $2.00 extra charge
for Anchovies was appropriate? Thoughts? Comments?