Last Saturday we had gone to a matinee, and my brother made dinner reservations at Uncle Jack's. I have a friend who raves about the one in Queens, so I was happy to try it. One of the reasons we chose it was because some of the family had to be at the Cornell hockey game at the Garden at 8:00, so it worked. I must say, I was quite disappointed. We are fans of Morton's, and use that as our barometer. Maybe not the top steaks, but love the atmosphere and certain other things about it. I ordered a fillet, rare. I asked for the description, and they said warm red center, which is Morton's medium rare, but that made no difference. What did make a difference was that the steak was cold. I am not one who needs my food burning hot, but when I put it in my mouth and it is colder than body temperature, that's a problem. We had crab cakes for appetizers, good but not great, and mozzarella and tomato salad, which was quite good. My sister and I also ordered a tuna tartare, which I thought was also really below par. We brought our own high quality wines, and the corkage was $25, which is definitely on the high side. We were 13 all together, and here is another pet peeve of mine when they try to put tables together. There is always some un-evenness in the tables. I put my wine glass on one of those breaks, in front of my place, and the glass spilled over. I have had this happen before, and what bothers me is that they may come out and cover the spilled wine with a napkin, but I have never found a restaurant ever admits that this is their fault, and should make ammends for it. They always treat you like you are the clumsy person who spilled your wine.
Sides were very uninspring as well. Sweet potato fries are a favorite of most of us, and theirs were not very good, nor were their regular fries. Nothing special about the creamed spinach either. Desserts were also ho-hum.