Recently had dinner at Characters. We had not been there for a while and were really looking forward to it. The food was very ordinary and the service was lackluster. I started with the Onion Soup which was wholly unremarkable and then had the duck breast as my main. Duck breast was alright, a bit chewy with an overly sweet sauce and not very hot. The vegetables were virtually raw and inedible. My dining partners split the Scallop appetizer and then two had the Chilean Sea Bass and one the lamb. None of the dishes were bad, but when the bill hits $240.00 for four people with two starters, four mains, one martini and one glass of wine, not bad is NOT good enough. We skipped desert based on what we had received prior and then had some warm (not hot) coffee. I would have asked for new coffee, but we never saw our server again, so had no chance.
Charging between 30 and 55 for entrees that are "not bad" is ridiculous.
I hope that we just hit them on a really off night, otherwise I fear that we may be seeing the decline of a once really good restaurant. I know that will not be going back.