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Quaint in Sunnyside

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Quaint in Sunnyside

Monkey Man Jake | Apr 23, 2006 09:08 PM

Well, I went... and it was a mixed bag, but nothing terribly difficult to fix once they're up and running and well-staffed.

The space is gorgeous. The owner has obviously spent some time in making the place both inviting and relaxing. It should serve well for both the fine diner and casual drinker. I just felt at home there. Perhaps it was the antique wood flooring or the burgundy/maroon walls, or maybe it was the visible hot-line, with the happy kitchen staff all making a strong effort...

The food - the macaroni and cheese. It's a hard dish to get right, in my humble opinion, but they almost did it. Too creamy and not enough cheese bite, but that's my taste. However, the noodles (shells) were al dente, and the bacon was a nice touch. Good bacon, too.

The caesar salad - came with a black sesame and parm crouton, which was nice. The salad was lightly dressed, as ordered, and the dressing had a pleasant tartness.

The special - angel hair with tomato, garlic, goat cheese and duck breast. This was a real treat. Again, a touch prosaic if you're used to Queens' more exciting offerings, but the garlic was so nicely roasted, and the goat cheese was sufficiently tangy. Very pleasent.

Now... the bad.
The service just isn't up to snuff yet. They were unprepared for the Sunday night dinner crowd and took a good twenty minutes to go from check to payment. I don't know if their credit-card system is up yet; we never had time to find out. Our card lied lonely on the bar for a good ten minutes before I finally ran out and got cash.

This always displeases me, because it's the last thing you get when you leave a restaurant. Not the mint, not the toothpick, but the taste in your mouth left from an aftertaste of sluggish service.

One assumes when they have a 1) bartender and 2) good credit card system, they'll fix this, but they haven't yet. So either stick to cash or stick to other places. I've heard very good things about their burgers and as soon as I hit the gym to work off half a mac and cheese I'll give it a go. But first I'll have to hit the cash machine.

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