I finally got to Parka today for lunch. Not too crowded around 2pm. My mac and cheese was only almost warm, mushy, and watery with no discernible cheese flavor. The sausage that came with it had a kind of grainy texture. My husband had to saw at his brisket with a knife. The meat had no flavor, and although the sauce did, it somehow had no relationship to the meat. His meal was also not particularly hot. The celery root puree that came with it actually tasted delicious, but wasn't even warm. I assume it was supposed to be, since I saw the cook take it out of a Tupperware type container and put it in a saucepan on the stove. Staff was pleasant, although it took about a half hour to get our food.
Enough. Now to the worried part: It's my understanding that these people are taking over the restaurant at the Institute of Arts. While I didn't find the most recent iteration by D'Amico exciting, it was reliable. If service and food quality at the Institute are the same in the new place as my lunch today, I will be sincerely heartbroken. Does anyone have information that might reassure me?