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City Winery (Boston, MA)

BostonBestEats | Jun 28, 201811:09 AM

SHOULD REALLY BE CALLED: "@#$%& Winery"

https://youtu.be/WW4ZGO_Hi_8

You know how I love wine...which explains why we were Ubering down to Troquet to enjoy the best wine list in New England for a mid-week lunch. Unfortunately, the Boston Fire Department had other ideas (shutting down Purchase St.), so we popped out of the car and walked into @#$%& Winery.

After all, it has "wine" in its name, right?

Big mistake.

[Note to self: Read Yelp reviews first.]

I've never been here for music, but as a restaurant, this place is 1 star:

WINE: Highlight, a short but OK wine list, featuring wines by the glass, bottle and tap. We tasted the 3 rose and settled on a pretty good Rhone blend. Stems are decent, bottle placed in an ice bucket for us.

SERVICE: We sat at the long, comfortable bar (the numerous iPhone outlets all had charging cables!). But service was almost non-exisitent and the food came out very slow, and this was when we were virtually the only customers in the restaurant at 1:30PM, and there were several employees standing around talking/texting/complaining about other employees calling out sick. I had to wave several times, and even stand up to get attention. Servers didn't know anything about the menu (where are the oysters from, and what is the little crock of sauce you just gave us?).

OYSTERS: Not bad, but not good either, I think just a few days too old. For the first time in my life, I couldn't finish half a dozen for worry that I might get sick (I didn't).

TUNA TARTARE: I'm not sure why they called this "nachos", since it was all 1-dimensional Asian flavors. Oh, maybe those were tortilla chips. Hard to tell when they are dead (over-fried).

PASTA: Over-cooked and borderline too salty. It did have plenty of shrimp (the most expensive dish on the menu).

I suppose I might come back for a live performance and a bottle of wine. But skip the food.

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