Ok, maybe the title's a little hyperbolic, but I wanted to try this restaurant despite all the bad reviews -- in part because of the acclaimed cool location. Yes, the alley is way cool, but the taxidermy just highlights the utter fakeness of the place.
Now on to my carcinogenic lunch. Heeding the chorus of negative reviewers, I kept it simple: turkey and bacon on grilled sourdough, with fries. How badly could they screw that up, I thought.
The bread, laced with vivid black track marks, tasted and smelled of burnt and dirty grill. Yet the bread was also soggy. Burnt and soggy. Yum. And the fries -- yikes! They tasted of burnt old oil, the kind that does a body harm. And somehow the individual fries even had scorch marks on one side only! How did they manage that? And of course the fries, too, were soggy. Burnt and soggy.
I could think of a thousand better restaurant concepts for that alley. What a waste.
Freeman Alley, New York, NY 10002