We looked forward to The Arlington's opening based on the published interview of the new owner/manager in the local papers. He stated that the Arlington would have menu items and portions priced fairly for the year 'round population. The place was touted (before it opened its doors) as a restaurant which would fill the gap between the high-priced seasonal tourist trap restaurants and the luncheonettes. Not so, in my opinion.
We thought we would wait until the winter to try the place, and since we had an opportunity when it was a quiet weekend, we made our first visit to The Arlington.
I must say the place was cleaned up well from the Sandy devastation. The location of the bar is a little perplexing - the doors were wide open to the dining room. This is not a place to find a cozy corner. There are no table clothes, and nothing is special about the table settings. Hardwood tables and chairs and benches make the place on the dark hardwood floor. The fish motif wallpaper is appropriate.
Two for brunch on a quiet Sunday - the last Sunday before the New Year. The "bottomless" Bloody Mary (alleged to be a special recipe) was overly salty and liberally peppered - and horseradish spicy beyond my taste. I had two - the "refill" of the glass is $1. - ergo, bottomless. I don't think many would want more than two. No big deal.
We began with an appetiser of calamari - just the usual bagged, frozen breaded calamari with a dipping sauce. It was served promptly and was hot. Average here. Above average price.
We chose the highly recommended Eggs Benedict and the Arlington Brunch Burger. Both were properly presented, but there was nothing outstanding about the flavors.
Our server was excellent, full of enthusiasm, and she earned our respect with a generous tip.
However, the $70 brunch for two was a high price to pay for Islanders.
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