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Epernay, Montclair -- long

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Epernay, Montclair -- long

shopgirl | Sep 4, 2005 11:30 AM

Thanks, Chowhounds, for all the wonderful suggestions for BYOs! Went to Epernay. Food was okay, we thought, but short of great. Service was not good. Our party of four were seated (with a reservation). And there we sat. And sat. Not a glass of water, not our wine opened, nothing. Then, a couple was seated next to us (perhaps regulars), and they were given complete attention by the waitress! Wine was opened, water was delivered, orders were taken -- you get the picture. And here we sat, which believe me, in a restaurant that tiny with tables touching, we were very visible.
Finally, bread was brought, we asked for water and eventually our waitress appeared to first "push" an order of frites for the table, as "it's our specialty."
Two of us had the escargot. Tasty, prepared with sundried tomatoes, but topped with so much breadcrumbs, that there was no liquid. Another had the onion soup which was rather so-so. Another had the country pate which he enjoyed. Two in my party ordered the steak frites - cooked as ordered and enjoyed. The rabbit, more a pasta dish than anything else, tossed with a small amount of rabbit, was enjoyed as well. I ordered the hanger steak, which while ordered "medium rare--towards rare," was delivered medium to well done. I called the waitress and she took my plate to the kitchen. There I sat again. Eventually, the owner's wife appeared with my plate, explaining if I wanted it cooked the way I ordered, it would take at least 30 minutes. As I could not make my party wait for me, I told her I guess I'd have to accept it.
For dessert, only two were ordered: The creme brulee, which was usual, and the chocolate mousse, which was standard. At no time did anyone come over to offer complimentary coffee, dessert, or in any way attempt offset their mistake. To add insult to injury..we had to open our last bottle of wine ourselves...waitress was nowhere to be found!
All in all, we will try another one of the suggestions on this board, hoping for, at the very least, attentive service. That, plus attitude can make or break a restaurant.
I'd like to pass on a rec I just heard about, Pourquoi Pas in Westwood, New Jersey.
Again, thanks Chowhounds!

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