Restaurants & Bars 5


Battistini | Feb 9, 2003 11:28 AM

We tried Cecil's last night: my wife and I were ill so chicken soup sounded good. I was disappointed. First, the restaurant smelled bad, not putrid or rotten, just not good. Delis in NYC usually have a few fragrences that arouse the senses but there was none of that last night. I was shocked by the roast turkey on pumpernickel. Pumpernickel looked more like whole wheat, and the "roast turkey" was fried, thin-cut, salty, and dripping with grease. I would have chalked it up to cultural gap but McGovern's seems to follow my definition of a roast turkey sandwich. Matzha Ball Soup was alright, and perhaps given my parlous state maybe it is best that the balls were not richer and were bland and missing chicken flavor. Blintzes were heavy and mediocre. We sent back the turkey and got a decent roast beef sandwich instead, nothing special but at least rye was rye and roast beef was roast beef. French Mint Pie was so bad it was good and we will eat it happily tonight. My chocolate phosphate had way too little syrup, again that may have been better given my stomach last night but objectively speaking this is not good. I was sad, because I guess for real deli I have to wait for NYC. One funny improvement over NYC deli: the staff at Cecil's were lovely, from the sweet-as-sugar server to the cashier, and we all know the reputation of NYC deli waiters!

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