I've been traveling a lot to NY and DC, and the S.O. picks me up at the station around 8 or 9, and no dinner.
So out of necessity, we've had a few meals at the Bridgewater Pub in the station, which we have REALLY enjoyed.
Part of it is just that the quality of the food is unexpected in such a makeshift location. The other surprise is how original and non-barfod it is.
Tonight, we had REALLY good thai spring rolls in chili sauce with seaweed - just the right balance of hot, sweet and salty. Then I had the asparagus and crab strudel with hollandaise sauce. Wow! Simply wonderful! The chef was SO insulted that I was surprised at the quality, but I would have been just as surprised at such a treat at any regular restaurant in town, much less something that's primary a bar. What a nice way to end a long rainy miserable day.
The downside: the S.O. also had snails, which were SWEET (lemoncello + garlic + butter) which we didn't think worked.
The ambiance can work both ways - it can be loud, and sometimes boiterous. But on the other hand, a week ago, we had a great Chorizo sausage quesidilla (?Sp) and talked to an Irish guy just back from Shannon airport.
Would strongly recommend this to anyone coming in on the train, or anyone looking for a little treat right around 30th St.