My company went for drinks & dinner to Zylo, at the W Hotel in Hoboken last night. While the view and the ambiance was gorgeous, the food was somewhat of a disappointment.
Quantity and portions were ridiculously small. Perhaps some of the blame lies with my company and what they ordered, or rather, underordered? But definitely I expected more from Zylo.
Food served was family style. Bowls of assorted lettuce with too little vinaigrette and virtually no "pickled vegetables" and risotto balls were served with no serving utensils. So was the main course and side dishes by the way. No serving utensils, and I was sitting at a table of 8 coworkers, many of whom were coughing. It's winter, and everyone is sick, so why not put out serving utensils? By the way, the risotto balls were delicious, it's just that there was only 1 each, and they were small. I'd have liked another...
Main course was Halibut and Skirt Steak. 4 portions of Halibut on top of kale, white beans, and tomato pieces again was tasty, but there were 8 hungry adults, so we all got a tiny sample. One plate of sliced Skirt Steak meant that everyone took 1 or 2 small slices, and the poor last person had none left! So we asked for another plate of steak, and the person said "I'll ask your server". All tables received another plate of steak a half hour later, after most were done eating and were socializing. People took some more steak since they were hungry, but then half a plate remaining was cleared away from all tables. Too bad it wasn't brought out when dinner was served.
The side dishes of polenta and broccoli rabe were also brought out after the main courses were served. They should've been brought out along with the meal. Everyone took one spoon of polenta, which was a ridiculously small portion for 8 people. Tasted great, but it was only a forkful.
Dessert was the only thing that was individually served, however everyone is health-conscious nowadays. Better that the dessert was family-style, and we were served more veggies and salad!
Dessert was a melon-ball-sized mini scoop of chocolate gelato, plus a round brownie topped with browned marshmallow. Again, this tasted good.
We all are talking today that we went home hungry. Which is a shame, because I'm sure my company spent a small fortune. Yes, the view was lovely, but how about serving some food? Lettuce isn't expensive, neither is the polenta, so why put out a quarter of the food that you'd get elsewhere?
Go for the view, not the food!
225 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030