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Grocery review

Agentnyc | Jul 19, 2004 11:30 AM

Grocery - On Friday night, we went to the Grocery. Of course, the justification for the Zagat rating was tops in our mind, so that is unfortunately the standard at which it will now be judged. When we came in, the front room was mostly empty, but when we asked to sit outside, we were relieved to find the garden full. The first and biggest difference between this restaurant and Gramercy Tavern or any other notorious New York restaurant was the service. It must have been our waitress' first night because she was unfamiliar with the menu and the wine list. We asked what was on the seasonal vegetable plate and she didn't know! We asked for wine recommendations and she had no clue. She offered another server to come over which we accepted who was very helpful, but it still is unfortuante. To start, we shared a vegetable plate, the beet salad, and the french fry salad. I thought everything was good, but not as great as my girlfriend and mom thought. The vegetables had a rich creamy sauce on them, which I thought totally wasted the freshness of the vegetables. My entree faired better. I got the fluke, which came with deliciously fresh tomatoes and was served on cheesy bread. It sounds strange, but it was delicious. For dessert we split the peach cobbler, and it was wonderful as well. The food was just as good as any of the best restaurants I had been to, and instead of exotic or complicated ingredients, it was for the most part refreshingly simple. Tab was around $240 including tip.

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