Dinner at Sydney's Home in the JCC Sunday evening. Having read Patricia Untermann's review and heard some buzz, we went with a group of friends with pretty good expectations. Food, okay for what it is, but not remarkable in itself. Good potato latkes, other munchy food (fries, onion rings) rather ordinary and too salty. One salad contained what were called tomatoes but were either partially stewed and then dried, or otherwise in early decay. Maybe we didn't understand this. Roast half chicken very good, meatloaf likewise. Good wine selection for a place of this scale.
We agreed that our server was either an aspiring actress or day-care provider. Very sweet, gushingly pleasant, but largely unavailable for help. Completely forgot she was going to bring us water to drink.
This is actually a great place to have in the neighborhood and at the JCC, but we'll probably see it more as a pleasant, low-pressure convenience. It was not a special experience in terms of food, setting, personality, etc.