I had dinner at the restaurant of the Samagundi Art Club last night (Wednesday). First off, let me say that it was nearly empty; I was dining alone, and shared the room only with an older couple who were joking in a friendly manner with the waiter. I ordered the Chicken Dijon, which the menu lists as "Thin breast of chicken, lightly breaded with a lemon Dijon voloute." The dish came with soup AND salad. The soup was unidentified, but seemed to be a seafood bisque, probably crab. I was pleasantly surprised; while not exceptional, it was a hearty soup with nice background flavor. The seafood was difficult to identify, as it had been broken up into impossibly small bits. The salad was almost all lettuce, with two flavorless halves of a cherry tomato, and a couple of slices of dried-out cucumber, all drenched in a cloyingly-thick dressing. The chicken was a large portion, filling up most of a plate, along with pan-fried potatoes and asparagus. The chicken was closer to fried than lightly breaded,
and the Dijon voloute thick and overpowering. On the positive side, the chicken was cooked through and wonderfully moist, not dry like many restaurants. The side dishes are not worth discussing.
At $19, I would not call this place a value, and the quality of the food left me wishing I had hunted something else up in this neighborhood.
The Salmagundi Art Club is at 47 5th Ave near 11th Street.
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