As horrified as I was of this place's aesthetic (it's done up conceivably to resemble the Main St. of a small, New England fishing village), my gf and I decided to pop our heads in on Monday night due to the desire to eat in a restaurant where more than two other people were dining in.
We were also distracted by the $16 prix fixe dinner, which offered a choice of three entrees, salad, and a glass of wine or pint of beer for $16.
As much as I didn't want to like this place based on its looks, it actually turned out to be OK. While it's no "Chow-find," it's actually not half bad.
The wine list (and beer list, almost) focuses on US products and while not stellar, was serviceable. The three entree choices were meatloaf, fried chicken, and homemade gnocchi. We went for the former two and were not disappointed. The meatloaf was well prepared, with a mushroom gravy and mashed potatoes with spinach and carrots. The fried chicken was actually really good, not very greasy, and served with a tangy sauce (supposedly gravy) that worked very well - reminded me of a very sweet red wine reduction. The starting salad was neither here nor there, a nice mix of greens with nuts and a balsamic.
They also have a nice downstairs bar hidden behind the restaurant with some decent beers (Magic Hat, Brooklyn Weisse) on tap. 32-oz. mugs for $6 on Tuesdays, up to $8.50 other nights.
The service was very pleasant and attentive, the back garden quite nice (if they figure out how to make the space heaters work), and, well, it was very nice. It's how chain restaurants should be. (It easily could become a chain restaurant given it's over-the-top decor.)
I will return to sample it's extensive list of muffelatas as there aren't any good ones in the city that I know of. But we shall see...
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