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a problem with Nyona

adorno | | May 7, 2009 07:03 PM

I know Nyona has its fans but the one time I went there (three years ago) I had a major problem that's impelled me to never go back. I wonder if anyone has had anything like this.

Here's the story: I'm a big fan of beef tripe and a query to the chowhound board when I first moved to NYC produced the suggestion that Nyona had a tripe dish. I ordered it but what came was simply a beef dish, sort of braised chuck in cut and consistency (i.e., it was soft and melty, not chewy which is what tripe is no matter how long you cook it). Anyone who's had tripe can recognize it, but what Nyona brought to the table was definitely not tripe. It was not tendon or anything like that, either. I called the waiter over and said they had delivered the wrong thing and he denied they had. I insisted and he went into the kitchen and then came back and said the chef also defined they had served the wrong thing. What I had was not a bad sort of beef stew dish but it's not what I wanted and I was -- and still am -- disappointed that they did this kind of switch on me.