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the avenue long branch

ocdiner | Jul 22, 2010 10:14 AM

Last night we tried the avenue for a special occasion dinner. The train wreck started when we walked into the lobby and stepped on broken glass, not shattered, large pieces of broken glass. The four hostesses standing there with blank looks on their faces said "oh yeah, someone broke a glass there"..ok, we decided to sit outside after the first table offered was one of those cramped in two-tops between another couple...server takes our drink order and disapears for a good 10-15 min to the point the hostess came over and asks if anyone has seen us yet..we watched her give our drinks to another table..ok no big deal..we get the cocktails and if there was liquor in them it was trace amounts($12 each)..ok no big deal its summer and they gotta make their money..i get the first item on the menu..french onion soup..probably get it everywhere i go and have had it in 50 diff comes out with what appears to be an oil slick 1inch deep floating on top. it was actually seperating. the cheese was not even close to being gruyere as advertised, it was way closer to a boardwalk mozzerella....for the first time in my life i sent back a soup, french onion at a french restaurant none the less. the servers words were "yeah that doesnt look too appetizing"...the $10 bibb salad was litterally 8 dry lettuce leaves...but thats ok because the star of the evening was cooking, a medium rare $84 3lb bone in ribeye for was presented to the table cooked..beautiful, thought he was going to slice it tableside..nope, it went back to the kitchen for what had to be 12-15 minutes. Our server came over as we waited and told us it was a "french thing" to show the meat and then take it away..we warned her we ordered med rare and she assured us it would be juicy and delicious...well it was sliced roast beef thin and gray. Never in my life have i left a restaurant without eating...The chef who was working, i asked, never came out and the manager was only concerened that our server "took care of us" whatever that means...what a shame, that restaurant doesnt deserve the view it has

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