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Not Happy with Trata Estiatorio

Foodboy | Jul 9, 2004 09:46 PM

I've had dinner at Trata Estiatorio several times (Second Ave. & 70th Street): it's generally been good, admittedly a little pricey, but their fresh fish and generous portions have made up for it. And I do like their simple "Greek style" fish preparation, which is grilled plain with olive oil and little else. This lets the pure fish flavors come through. Fresh fish doesn't need a lot of extra flavorings. My recent experience there was disappointing at best, and probably a greedy rip-off at worst.

I found the food to be grossly overpriced. A Greek salad of 2 sliced tomatoes, 2 small strips of feta cheese, a few slivers of pepper & onion and olive oil & vinegar was $12.00. It was worth one-quarter of that. I ordered one of their "whole fish," priced by the pound - Dover sole: $32.00 per pound. I was told that those fish were around 1 pound. When the Dover sole arrived, I was reminded of that old Woody Allen joke: "The food is so bad here...and such small portions!"

The dish coinsisted of 4 three-inch-long strips of white fish, barely bigger than canned sardines. There couldn't have been more than 4 ounces of fish on the plate, yet I was charged $27.54 for it. At $32.00 per pound, I should have received substantially more. If I pay for a whole fish, I expect to get a whole fish, not 4 thin strips. To add insult to injury, the fish was completely overcooked, rubbery and tough. It was such a shame, because I could tell that the fish was fresh. Even their poor execution couldn't hide the freshness of the raw materials.

I don't send food back in restaurants, as a rule. I'm frankly afraid of disgusting retribution from a pissed-off chef. I just never go back.

One more reason I felt ripped off: My friend and I asked for the bill to be split 50/50, using our 2 credit cards. When the bills came back, they overcharged each of us by about $3.00. We deducted it from the tip. I don't care if our surly waiter got his full tip or not.

I wouldn't recommend this restaurant any more. Their errors were carelessness, cheapness, and perhaps deliberate attempted overcharging (theft). That's reason enough to never go back.

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