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Park Central Tavern in Hamden, CT - Don't Bother

GoodFoodie | Aug 4, 200908:18 PM

There was alot of hype, not to mention big crowds when this restaurant openned a few months ago. I've gone twice and have to say I am NOT impressed. The Lobster Roll was tasteless, plus my fries were soggy; the Caesar salad was dripping in dressing (eck!); Crabcake was oily; steak was tough.

The entrance to the restaurant is weirdly situated - the 'main' entrance is accessed from the parking lot but if you accidentally enter on Central Avenue, you have to walk down a long hallway into the bar to reach the reception area. And why oh why is there a t.v. in EVERY dining room?? I'm going to a restaurant to relax and enjoy the company of my dining companions- I'm not there to watch t.v. The bar is super noisy if you get seated in there- the 'main' dining room which they call the wine room is tiny - makes you feel like you are in your grandmother's parlor. There is another room adjacent to the dining room (that has yet, another t.v. ) which sits empty, and not in use eventhough we had to wait quite some time for our table. The layout is just weird.

We don't need another Eli's or Playwright. Better off heading a bit further north on Whitney to Taste which has a more 'inventive' menu. I think their business (unfotunately) has suffered a bit due to the openning of Park Central Tavern but I hope crowds return to this nice neighborhood restaurant. Their food is quite delicious.

Park Central Tavern
1640 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT 06517

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