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Blue Talon Bistro, Williamsburg-Disappointing

Missy | May 23, 200808:01 PM

Couldn't get a reservation for the Fat Canary, so I tried Blue Talon with my daughter and her BF. After a great start with a fabulous New England clam chowder it was downhill all the way.
New York strip steak was a dry flavorless cut seared on a grill that left the flavor of black char without any tang of smoke to even it out.Honey-lemon chicken-tasted pretty much like the rotisserie chicken at our local grocery store. Duck-yuck. I love medium-rare duck breast-but this one step above duck sashimi. The outside rim was barely gray and the rest of the slices was just really raw-I mean not even warm. The leg quarter was braised but at some point had dried out completely. All was covered with a "cassia sauce" that tasted like melted jelly- so achingly sweet it turned the whole thing into a candied meat experience - no tart or savory balancing it at all. I did ask the kitchen to sear off the breast slices a bit more and of course they came back like wood chips.
All the dishes were accompanied by grilled veggies-squash and eggplant slices cooked on the grill and tasting only of the same black char. Except for mine, which tasted like jelly-coated black char.
The soup, 2 cokes, 1 glass of wine, and three entrees came to $120.
I can't understand all the fuss. I never eat at places in the "tourist zone," but this one sounded pretty hopeful. I'm going to try for Fat Canary tomorrow-they're booked but I hope I can squeeze in at the bar since I'll be alone.

One other thing-there was a pretty weird combo on the menu-mahi mahi with keilbasa. Huh??????????

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