Came in on a Saturday night at 6 pm to an almost empty restaurant. Were promptly seated in between 2 of the only 3 groups of people in the whole place. And the tables are about 10 inches a part which made our dinner very interesting. Since the tables are so close together, my friends and I got to be part of the extreme awkward first date that the couple next to us was apparently on. It kinda made things weird since we were trying to enjoy our own conversation but felt like we had to whisper to be mindful of the other two tables sitting RIGHT NEXT to us. I guess I just don't get why we had to be seated there when there were literally 10 other empty tables.
We were brought out menus and water by the hostess and another guy. And then we sat there. For probably 15 minutes. Finally a blonde waitress who had been chatting behind the bar the whole time decided she would come take our order. We got the lobster and spinach dip as an appetizer, which took almost 25 minutes to come out. It was pretty good, even though there is hardly any lobster in it, so $11 seemed a little high for spinach dip.
I ordered the 21 east Deluxe burger and opted for the parmesan truffle fries for an extra two dollars. The burger was okay. I guess I expected it to be more flavorable or something?? (If that's even a word...) Anyways, it was just okay. The fries were good, but I wouldn't recommend paying the extra two bucks b/c all they do is sprinkle a little bit of parmesan cheese on top. Again, I just felt a little ripped off paying 15 bucks for an "okay" burger and fries. My sister had the pan roasted airline chicken, which she enjoyed. She thought the sauce was a little weird but the veggies were good and chicken was juicy. Other guy in our group got the meatloaf which he liked a lot, but the portion was on the small side.
The major complaint was the service. We were constantly out of water, despite the hostess, another guy and our waitress all helping the tables around us. It seemed like majority of the wait staff preferred to hang out behind the bar talking instead of checking on their tables. As a former bartender and server, that kind of thing annoys me. There is not excuse for a table to have to stop the food runner (b/c their waitress is nowhere to be found) and ask for water TWICE. Had to grab her from another table to ask for boxes and then again to ask for the bill. But she got our bill back to us as fast as possible.... We are not difficult people to deal with and were not in a hurry, but the service was just slack. Probably won't be back due to the service.
One positive note: The awkward date guy had the chicken and waffles and they looked pretty amazing. He ate almost all of them so I'm assuming it was good.
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