Went to the Chick Inn this week with a few friendsits the place that opened up next to the Bespeckled Trout soda fountain (the owner of Trout is one of the co-owners).
Comfortable space, airy, with tables a comfortable distance apart. Friendly, casual service.
The food: mixed bag. The prices are reasonable to low, but the portions seemed even smaller than that. My market salad main was described as a mix of greens, shredded carrots and leeks, some type of cheese, beets, and walnuts. There was one walnut in the salad, and two very small pieces of beet, I hunted for the leeks but came up empty. I can understand being skimpy on the cheeseits a little more expensivebut beets are pretty cheap. I had started with a decent spinach/potato soup, maybe a little salty.
Finished with a chocolate malted that was brought over from the soda shop next door. I dont like those super-thick shakes, but this was a little on the thin side even for me, with little discernible ice-cream texture. Pretty good malt taste, though. I prefer the shakes at Toms Diner on Bway and 112th, and the malted at Chinatown Ice Cream Factory.
My friends were all more or less pleased with their food-the mac and cheese and mashed potatoes were both hits. But some agreed that the portions were too small to be satisfying. None of us wanted to be stuffed, but we didn't want to finish dinner, wait a bit, and still be noticeably hungry.
Id be interested in other peoples experiences here. Did we hit an off night?
420 Hudson Street (at Leroy)