Chowhound Presents: Table Talk with Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh of Sweet: Desserts from London's Ottolenghi | Ask Your Questions Now ›

Restaurants & Bars

The Rosendale Cafe in Rosendale, New York


Restaurants & Bars 2

The Rosendale Cafe in Rosendale, New York

Taylor | Jan 31, 2005 03:03 PM

I went to the Rosendale Cafe this past Saturday night with a group of friends and I thought I would post a review. We loved the funky eclectic atmopshere but that's where the love ends. This place was filthy. You could see right into the kitchen where two young women would periodically sweep garbage on the floor and then proceed to prepare food without washing their hands or wearing gloves. The young women at the counter when you enter were also preparing food throughout the evening without washing their hands or wearing gloves after they had been walking around touching various surfaces. We shop regularly at Whole Foods and Wild Oats Markets so were we were excited about going to a place that advertised using organic and natural ingredients. The coffee we were served was definitely not organic and they only serve regular whole milk. We asked for organic tea and we were told they didn't have any. The cakes were definitely of the Betty Crocker variety and the apple crisp was a joke. If you are trying to limit your intake of processed foods, etc. be very wary of this place. Ask to see the packaging. Also, the young woman who was our waitress was in a very bad mood. The man who appeared to be the owner charged people $10.00 per head (fair for sure) for the live jazz after the fact and then failed to inform anyone you had to spend another $5.00 per person at the table. As a matter of fact he too looked dirty and disheveled. Hey, it's not the kind of place you expect any formality, but cleanliness is always a plus!

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound