Overall, one of the worst meals I have had in a long time -- very, very sad as I have been eating here for six years, and loving it.
I have been going to 9th street market since 2001 on a regular basis. I have always loved it -- the intimate environment, the fireplace in the winter, the coziness which is a rarity in nyc -- but most of all the deliciousness of the comfort food.
Its been about six months since I'd last been, and I found myself craving 9th street market. So, I went with one of my friends (who also eats there regularly) for dinner on Saturday night. Unfortunately, we discovered the food has gone way down hill -- it was one of the worst meals i've had in a long, long time. Did the chef change? Did they sell the restaurant? How else could this happen? Does anyone know?
I started with the crabcake and had a seafood risotto special for dinner. Before ordering the crab cake, I asked the waiter if it was mainly breading, mayonaisse, or actual crab (I'm skeptical about crab cakes in nyc) - and he assured me it was almost entirely crab meat. When it arrived, it was all mayonaisse. As my friend pointed out, calling it a crab cake was a misnomer - it was really a crab spread. It was disgusting. I didn't eat it. Then, my seafood "risotto" appeared. It was in fact overcooked rice in a soup. Seriously -- it was rice in a liquid - it was NOT risotto by any stretch of the imagination - the person cooking it clearly had no idea what risotto was, or how to make it, or how to serve it. Even worse, there was absolutely no flavor to my dish - it was inedible.
My friend got a beat salad and the salmon entree -- the beats tasted canned, and had no flavor, and her salmon was overcooked and also flavorless - she was equally miserable with her meal.
All in all, a complete disappointment. Its so far from our experiences there in the past, that we had to wonder -- did the chef change? was the restaurant sold? does anyone know?