Mendy's has two different kiosks in the lower level of G.C.T., and I only ever go to the "dairy" kiosk because I don't eat meat. Normally, I would say the place is of good quality, but very expensive for what you get, ostensibly due to the cost to assure that all is Kosher and under strict supervision. However, on today's visit, I was lied to by the cashier, and what I wound up getting, which cost $7.57, was a miniscule sandwich, which was supposed to be a baguette with delicious fried flounder with fresh lettuce and tomato. In actuality, my sandwich was not on a baguette, but on a baguette-shaped soft roll (with the taste of Wonder Bread), with ice-cold, soggy and under-seasoned fish, limp and turning lettuce, and styrofoam-like,,thin enough to read a newspaper through it, sliced tomoto--there were no distinguishing textures, no juxtaposition between a well-seasoned warm and crispy-hot piece of fish on a fresh, crusty and chewy baguette with mouth-wateringly fresh crisp lettuce and vine ripened piquant tomatoes--it was dreadful, but the cashier swore up and down that it was really good and tasty. Mendy--get your act together--you can be a dairy restaurant and still have good, nay even delicious foods (I have a dairy kosher kitchen, and my home cooking is lauded far and wide)--you don't have to settle, and until you change for the better, I don't think that I will be coming back--it's as simple as that. Is it any wonder that you are not as busy as your competition? It is not because there aren't enough patrons who would eat Kosher dairy food, it is because the other kiosks are better values because they serve higher quality, interesting, well-seasoned foods at more reasonable prices.Get a copy of the Ratner's cookbook, and make their recipes--Ratner's was a world famous kosher dairy restaurant on the Lower East Side, and their cookbook should be your bible! I bet you if you listen to my advice, your business will pick up, because your customers will be thrilled to have delicious Kosher dairy food available in G.C.T.
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