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Disappointed by Red Gravy


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Disappointed by Red Gravy

Bkeats | Feb 3, 2013 07:10 AM

So we finally made it into Red Gravy. Tried several times before. The first night we went, there were many open tables but we were told that since the place had just opened, they were managing the number of diners to allow the kitchen to work things out. Went to Colonie instead. The next two times, the wait was over an hour and we didn't want to wait. So the fourth time was the charm. Was it worth the wait? Sigh....severe disappointment. We really like Saul and were hoping RG would be a great add to the area.

It's much better looking now than when it was Mezcal's. Service was friendly.

Ordered meatballs and cardone salad to start. Meatballs were tasty but tiny. Smaller than ping pong balls. Cardone salad was watery.

I ordered the special pasta which was sea urchin. I almost never see that dish and I was waiting with great anticipation. A bowl that was four or five inches wide comes with 4 pieces of sea urchin on top. The pasta was perfectly cooked and had a lively briny flavor. You could taste the sea, but 4 little pieces of urchin for $30 bucks on what was ultimately an appetizer size portion?

The last bit of disappointment was the wife's dish. She ordered the "cod." I put that in quotes as she is a New Englander. Spent her entire life eating cod in all it forms. She looked at the fish with some suspicion, poked it, took a taste and said she didn't know what kind of fish it was, but it certainly wasn't cod. Tasted fine, but it wasn't what was advertised.

We've been walking by the place regularly as it was being built out. Really wanted it to be great as the dining on the Atlantic corridor has gotten so much better over time. Mezcals was a fun place to go for decent Mexican food and a pitcher of margaritas. Liked the place with its tacky decor, but we were ready for an upgrade. The long build out made us all the more interested in trying RG. But it was like when you were a kid and you wanted a bright big shiny ballon and you finally get it and you then find it has a small leak and the helium slowly fizzes out and it leaves you deflated

All in all, a let down. We will try it again at some point in the future, but the next night we went to Queen. I used to think Queen was a bit overpriced for the BH area, but after a night at RG, seems like a bargain now.

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