Restaurants & Bars

Brickhouse, Marlboro, NY

Mike in Rhinebeck | Jan 20, 200812:40 PM

I had heard several good things about the Brickhouse Restaurant in Marlboro, NY from friends, and the Best of the Hudson Valley had chosen it as "Best Mediterranean" recently, so we were eager to try it out. My wife and daughter and I arrived at about 6:30-6:45 pm on a recent Friday evening, and were surprised to find only one table occupied, by a party of 4. We were greeted warmly (by a person we assumed was the manager and/or owner) and seated near the back. A young woman came to take our drink order fairly quickly, letting us know that it was her first night when we asked her to recite the list of beers on tap.

To make a long story short, while the food was very good and reasonably priced, the kitchen was extraordinarily slow in preparing it. We ordered one of their appetizer combo plates for the table, and it took well over 45 minutes to arrive. The inexperienced server brought our dinner salads before the appetizers; this was a "lucky' mistake because it helped quell our appetite during the long wait for the appetizers. The appetizers were good (cheese pies and spinach pies) to very good (lamb meatballs, grilled marinated portobellos, and pita bread with yogurt dip).

It took nearly an hour after getting the appetizers to get our main courses. at one point, I asked how much longer and was told 1 minute. About 5-7 minutes later, my wife's meal (a large Greek Salad) arrived and we were told that the other two meals would be out "in a second". We waited almost 10 minutes for the other two meals, which did arrive piping hot (daughter had moussaka and I had tilapia francese, one of the specials. Despite the high quality of the food, the long wait ruined the experience for us.

During these long waits, two other parties of 2 came in, and in fact, by 8:40 when we left, the dining room had only experienced 5 parties (three of which were parties of 2, one of which came in as we received our check). So, the kitchen could not have used the excuse of being too busy to prepare our food in a timely way. It is difficult to understand why they could not have prepared our food more quickly, especially when one of the couples seated near us came in, ordered, and got the same appetizer combo as we did within 15 minutes. It is not like we were the first people in the door at opening tiome.

So . . . we do not plan to go back.

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