My boyfriend and I went to Cookshop last night. Despite some mediocre reviews, I wanted to give the restaurant a shot. Overall, I was impressed by the friendly service, pleasant mix of rustic and industrial decor, and fresh/local ingredients in the food. On the other hand, I was unimpressed by the dishes, especially at the prices being charged (most entrees are $23-$25, a slightly higher price point than other "moderately-priced" restaurants).
My boyfriend and I started with the grilled Montauk squid, lima beans, and salsa verde. The grill gave the squid a nice, smokey flavor. Unfortunately, the squid suffered from the same defect as the other grilled items on the menu--over-charring. This was especially apparent on the tentacle pieces, the ends of which were burned. The lima beans were nice and plump but lukewarm. The fact that the starter came out about 5 minutes after we placed our order probably had something to do w/the mismatched temperatures in the dish.
The entrees at Cookshop are divided into 4 categories: saute, grill, rotisserie, and wood oven. My boyfriend had the lamb from the saute section, and I had scallops from the grill section. The lamb came 3 ways: sausage patty, lamb chop, and one other thin cut. The sausage patty was grilled, again leaving it charred; the thin cut was totally uninspired; and the lamb chop (which I didn't try) was cooked beyond the medium rare state it was requested in.
My entree consisted of 5 plump scallops (I had been promised only 4), arranged around celery root puree and sauteed mushrooms. The mushrooms were the best part of this dish. The scallops were one of my least favorite renditions of scallops I've had--again, charred on top (black grill marks), but curiously underdone/mushy on the bottom. I like a little more texture to my scallop.
Dinner ended with a chocolate meringue pie. This may have been the best part of the meal--I really liked the light phyllo crust.