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STEAK O.K. ,PLACE, NOWAY!

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STEAK O.K. ,PLACE, NOWAY!

FRED MC-K | Sep 23, 2002 04:00 PM

ON THE ADVICE OF FRIENDS WHO RAVE ABOUT THE PLACE I RECENTLY TOOK A TRIP TO MARK JOSEPH'S STEAKHOUSE. THE PLACE IS LOCATED IN LOWER MANHATTAN'S ARMPIT AND IT BEING A WARM EVENING THE SMELL OF RANCID FISH REMAINS WERE IN THE AIR. I WAS GREETED AT THE DOOR BY A SEEMINGLY HARMLESS HOST,WITH WHOM I MADE THE MISTAKE OF SLIPPING A TEN SPOT TO GET A TABLE ON A CROWDED THURSDAY NIGHT . MY GUEST AND I WERE VERY DISAPPOINTED WHEN MY GRATUITY LANDED US AT A TINY TABLE NEAR THE FRONT WINDOWS WITH ALL THE AMBIANCE OF THE SHEA STADIUM DUGGOUT. OUR WAITER WAS LESS THAN PROFICENT AND I CAN ONLY HOPE IT WAS A LANGUAGE BARRIER RATHER THAN HIS GENERAL DEMEANOR. HE WAS CURT , DISTANT, AND SEEMED AS IF OUR SMALL TWOSOME WAS GETTING IN THE WAY OF HIS LARGER PARTIES. ON HIS SHIFT WE WERE TREATED TO AN APPETIZER WHICH WAS FORGOTTEN AND EXTREME WAIT FOR DESSERT AND NOTHING BETTER IN BETWEEN.
AS FOR THE FOOD THE JUMBO SHRIMP WERE JUST THAT ,BUT I CAN ONLY EXPLAIN IT AS "WATER LOGGED" ,THE STEAK SHOWED LITTLE MARBLIZATION AND I CAN ONLY HUFF AT THE NOTION OF IT BEING CALLED PRIME AGED, THE CREAMED SPINACH WAS LIKE WARMED GERBER BABY FOOD, AND THE HASH BROWNS WERE LIKE SHREDDED CARDBOARD.
UPON LEAVING I NOTIFIED MY HOST OF OUR DISSATISFACTION WITH OUR MEAL , HE SEEMED TO LOOK PAST US AND OUR "BEEF" WITH OUR EVENING INTO THE DROVES OF OTHER BROOKS BROS. SUITED MEN RALLYING AROUND THE BAR .
TO TOP IT OFF, WHILE OUTSIDE WAITING FOR MY GUEST TO EXIT THE LADIES ROOM , SHE HEARD SAID HOST SAYING WE PROBABLY JUST WANTED A FREE MEAL.
TO ANY ONE READING, I DON'T WANT A FREE MEAL ,AS A MATTER OF FACT YOU COULDN'T PAY ME ENOUGH TO GO BACK TO MARK JOSEPH'S STEAKHOUSE.

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