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Match Uptown: matchlessly awful

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Match Uptown: matchlessly awful

Martha Gehan | Jan 25, 2001 04:20 PM

I never went to Match as a destination, but a couple of times a year my best friend and I like to hit the final markdown sales at Saks, Barneys, etc., and Match was a convenient spot to grab a reviving cocktail and bite to eat after we'd exhausted our patience and wallets. I never thought the sushi was the best or anywhere near, but it was more than okay. And I liked the tuna tartare very much. We were there on Tuesday night, though, and it was the last visit--EVER--for both of us. The staff was always exceptionally pleasant if sometimes a tad clueless, and this remained the same. Very friendly greeting, nice bartender,good drinks,
etc. We ordered parsnip soup, tuna tartare and three rolls. The soup was good if a little bland. The tartare would have been tasty but for the preponderance of chopped red onion--a little too much, it overwhelmed the tuna. The tuna in the roll was alright. But the rice!! All three rolls were ruined by sticky, gluey, absolutely horrendous rice. Like Chinese takeout rice that's been sitting around on the counter a few hours. The shrimp in the Match roll was tough. The yellowtail roll, particularly, just sucked. Sorry, but no other term does this travesty on a plate justice. The yellowtail was so bland and so obviously of inferior quality, and the scallion in the roll was strong and old. And, as we were leaving, the group at the next table was served a plate of fried calamari that smelled sooo high that I later felt guilty for not saying something to them about it. So high that later that night I felt queasy from the olfactory memory. So high that last night when I walked past the fish counter at Garden of Eden and caught a whiff of fresh fish, I nearly heaved. This place has hit the skids and is down the chute. Stay away. Oh, and soup, tartare, rolls, one martini, one tea, one wine--$90 with tax and tip--an expensive and repulsive experience.

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