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Char Steakhouse-Raritan


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Char Steakhouse-Raritan

Gwendolen | | May 25, 2009 04:08 PM

My DH, MIL and myself recently went to Char Steakhouse in Raritan. It's touted as a "New York Style Steak House." The entire menu is ala carte.

Appetizers range between $6 to $10. I had the soup of the day, Loster Bisque. Bland. Very watery, greasy and hardly any lobster. DH ordered a Caesar salad. Typical cut romaine and shaved parmesan slices. MIL ordered 3 littleneck clams from the raw bar. Nice presentation in an oversized martini glass with dry ice for the smoky effect. She enjoyed it.

We all ordered steaks, which range between $32-$39. Each side is $5.99 but touted as "enough for two" including one baked potato.

Food was adequately prepared; nothing spectacular. MIL and I ordered filet mignon; DH had the "prime" NY Steak. Sides we ordered were mashed potatos and creamed spinach, grilled asparagus (I ordered them without butter or oil, but they came out swimming in oil) and a baked potato.

Service was fairly horrendous. Our server was extremely slow (and the restaurant was not that busy) and fairly inattentaive. We had the worst thing I think we have ever experienced from a waiter -- he was standing by the buspersons station PICKING HIS NOSE! It was utterly disgusting. You would have thought that when he glanced over and saw me watching him he would have stopped -- but he continued. This was not a light scratch, but full throttle thumb up inside routing around, t hen wiping the remains on his pants. Needless to say, we lost our appetites and could hardly wait to get our check (which we had to wait approximately 20 minutes to receive) so we could get out of there.

I am still up in the air as to whether or not I want to spend the time writing a letter to the owner about this experience since we will never return.

Do yourself a favor and skp this place. I've had better meals and service at our local Outback or Charlie Browns!