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Degas and dinner-museum restaurant review

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Degas and dinner-museum restaurant review

Sue | May 8, 2003 08:04 PM

I suppose I should know better than to go to a museum restaurant but the hype was good and it was easier to eat there than to get the cars, drive, park and finally eat. Live and learn. Reservations were made at 8 pm for 3. When we arrived, the receptionist didn't even turn around to say hello, just growled over her shoulder that she'd be right with us. Took us to a table for 2 out of the main dining room and dragged another table for 2 over to make room for us. There were plenty of 4 tops. We were seated in a very noisy area of large groups. The service continued to be a combination of amateurish and just plain awful. The buffet table was out of the chicken (?) which was replaced with ancient looking roast beef and ham slices. Yuck. We opted for Coq au Vin and Crab Cakes from the menu of exactly 4 entree choices. Coq was ok although the gravy was congealed. The crab cakes were good but less than 2 inches across and served with a clump of curly endive-all this for only $27! As we started to think about dessert, we were told that the museum would be closing soon and we'd just barely have time for dessert before security kicked us out. We had been there barely an hour. If there is not enough time for your guests to have a nice leisurely meal, don't take reservations so late! We skipped dessert and coffee as the staff was busily clearing tables and shouting at each other as we tried to chat. All in all, an extremely disappointing experienced and WAY overpriced. I'm sorry I didn't follow my initial impulse and take my friends to Fig or Aspen. Live and learn.

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