My fiance and I had been waiting to try Michael Anthony's for some time but never got the chance to get over to Newport as we live in Paulus Hook. We wanted to try something different and had heard good things.
We ended up making reservations for Restaurant Week back in October 2012 but Hurricane Sandy hit and we never made it.
Last week for Restaurant Week, we decided to take another stab at it.
We walked in with 7:30PM reservations on a Friday evening and the hostess looked extremely confused. I must add that they actually called me earlier that day to confirm the reservation so I wasn't sure what the issue was. We had to wait around 10 minutes at the bar which wasn't bad at all.
The atmosphere is very awkward. With a huge warehouse feel, you would think they would make room for more tables but it's such a waste of space. There were two large private parties going on at the time so the entire front area was taken. We were banished to the 'patio' where there are tables upon tables cramped together.
We were seated next to a family with two small children and that's when we knew it was going downhill.
We ordered off the restaurant week menu and I got the eggplant rollatini, pasta primavera, and then was told that they were out of the brownie dessert.
It took 35 minutes to receive our appetizer. All the while, listening to the children next to us scream, throw utensils and run around the 'patio.' As hungry as we were, the food was HORRIBLE and something out of a TV dinner. You could tell the re-heated the food as the plate was too hot to touch.
Dinner came within 20 minutes after our appetizers and was just really disappointing. Again, something I could order at a fast food place.
The service was lackluster - having to ask our waiter for bread for our 35+ minute wait while every other table had some.
We couldn't wait to get out of there and learned out lesson regarding leaving Paulus Hook for dinner. Do not waste your time here.
I would also like to add that I can't believe people host their rehearsal dinner & weddings here. It is extremely loud, very public and the food is horrible. What are you thinking?
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