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foodiemahoodie | | Oct 28, 2013 01:24 AM

Oh the shame of it! I went from a talk and book signing party for Daniel Boulud - and on the way home was hungry and figured I'd give this place a try. I remember they had brisket on the menu and I was hankering for brisket.

Well, it's not Jewish-deli style brisket, more of a BBQ affair. And it was god-awful. More along the line of food you'd get on a plane. In coach. On a commuter flight. Or a TV dinner.

It was way overcooked, dry and falling apart (not falling apart in a great braised way, but more like pieces of reconstituted cardboard). It was really so bad I laughed. But I was hungry. The service, by contrast was utterly delightful and cheery. But I guess they don't know decent food. I told the manager it was a disaster. She brought me another serving - it was better, but still very bad. The "chef" really shouldn't be serving food like this. You could do so much better with very little effort (my mother would use Lipton's Onion Soup - and her's was stellar by comparison).

I would imagine prison food being better. Or MRE. They gave me a roast chicken. And it wasn't half-bad.

Against, service was great, but the food? Reminded of something a friend of mine )a former restaurateur) once said - "Don't they eat their own food?"

I had to feed my brisket jones - so I went to Lenny's. Not bad. Prefer Brent's, but compared to, say, Izzy's brisket? Definitely better. (though I would consider Izzy's a pretty low bar.). "Serviceable" as they say

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