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Old Stone Mill / Tuckahoe: Great Food, Lousy Service (longish)

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Old Stone Mill / Tuckahoe: Great Food, Lousy Service (longish)

Kingdog | May 12, 2003 09:53 AM

A quick report on the new Olde Stone Mill in Tuckahoe: we had a reservation for a 2:30 seating on Mother's Day. Indeed, about 30 other parties had a reservation for a 2:30 seating on Mother's Day, and most of us were actually seated by 3:15 pm. These organizational problems plagued the rest of the meal (waiters not knowing what the breads were in their bread basket; our requesting water three times before any appeared; long long waits between courses; no inquiries as to whether we would like another glass of wine or coffee with our dessert; vigorous waving on our parts to get anyone's attention for a check (this vigorous waving -- as well as other patrons needing to holler "hello" to get waitstaff's attention -- occurred at several tables around us). )

Apparently, the Olde Stone Mill has not worked out all its organizational kinks (or trained its staff well), and this became especially apparent on a holiday. However, given how pricey it is ($10 for an appetizer, $20 for main course, $8 for dessert, $8 wine -- essentially, $50), one would expect better service (or one assumes the price includes excellent service).

That said, the food itself at the Mill was top rate. For appetizers our table had roasted beets with goat cheese (spicy and delicate), and some very good greens (as well as 4 very overpriced shrimp in a glass). The risotto with four (!) scallops was delicious, as was the salmon and chicken, our table had. And the berry tart for dessert was outstanding.

One hopes management is able to work out its orgnizational kinks soon so that the talented staff in the kitchen doesn't find the atmosphere for its food spoiled in the dining room.

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