We tried CHAT American Grill last night with another couple and we were all pleasantly surprised at what a good experience we had. I say this because, when we first arrived, the place (bar, dining room, entry way) was so packed. There was a large table for teenagers, and no room to even get out of the way of the waitstaff while we waited for our table. I thought to myself, " Oh, I see where this is going!". I could not have been more wrong.
We were seated fairly promptly for our 8pm reservation. I expect to wait a bit on a busy Saturday night. I would say we waited maybe 10 mins. We had a nice table to the side of the dining room near the large windows. Our waiter, Alfredo, arrived with menus and a smile. We asked about specials and he explained them well, and was very honest ( which I appreciate) when we inquired about particular dishes. He promptly brought drinks and we sat for a bit and discussed our ordering strategy. NO rush at all.
We ordered to start- the black bean soup, baked clams ( special), shrimp dumplings and my friend ordered a salad made to her specifications. All arrived together and were tasty. They did seem to have a problem figuring out what the red wine dressing was- though it was offered on the menu. We went through no fewer than 5 attempts before I politely asked the manager to please, get the right dressing. Our waiter was on the case and was trying very hard to get the kitchen to understand- they kept sending him out with something else until they got it right. I am still a tad confused about this.
Dinner was very good. I had the Chilean Sea Bass special with a light teriyaki glaze and I asked for the sides that went with the tuna entree. No problem. It was cooked perfectly. My husband had the chicken and mushroom lasagna and loved it. Friends had a Kobe Cheeseburger and Jambalaya. Yum! Dessert was on the house for the trouble with the salad dressing. Very nice of them. I am not such a dessert eater but we got a banana split and a dish of the "bites". They are little cake-like bundles. Part pastry, part cake/cookie.
I do not know what the bill was b/c "the guys" paid. Sorry about that. But it was very enjoyable meal, excellent service and a fun new place in Scarsdale that was badly needed. We will absolutely return and hope the level of attention to the food and service remains the same.