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Cookshop review--long-ish

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Cookshop review--long-ish

cab | May 3, 2006 03:38 PM

Went for the first time last night. I didn't find much when I searched on this board so I thought it might be helpful to post a brief review. The space is surprisingly large and we had plenty of elbow room at our table. Service was extremely prompt, and in some ways more "high end" than you might expect for the casual space--my husband dropped his fork and someone was instantly at our table to pick it up and replace it. The bread was good and came with an addictive spread that I still can't identify.
I started with the chicken fried duck livers with frisee--they were very rich, and there were four large livers. All of the portions were huge compared with most New York restaurants. Flavor-wise through, they mainly just tasted fried, although the frisee had a delicious, tangy mustard dressing. My husband's appetizer was better--shrimp and delicious, creamy grits. As an entree he had the "pork chop and link" again, an enormous chop, I didn't try it, but the sausage that came with it was very flavorful. I had the whole grilled fish, it was good but again somewhat bland. It came with a huge plate of spicy fries with a yummy aioli on the side. Dessert was orange crepes with ricotta cream, very delicious with a nice favor of bitter orange peel. We had a few glasses of wine and the bill was about $100 not including tip. Over-all impression of a solid, good value restaurant with a few pleasant surpriese, but don't expect fire-works or huge innovation in flavors. I would certainly give it another try.

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