All Reader Reviews of...
156 Tenth Ave., New York, NY, 10011
at 20th St.
By poppy2009 on 11/10/2009
Stay away from the suckling pig! One of my favorite guilty pleasures is the tasty, tender meat of suckling pig. ("guilty" because the animal is slaughtered so young). At Cookshop, they ruined this dish and serve only the guilt. We tried different bites and had to spit it out every time. Had a mushy, raw-like texture and zero flavor. When the waiter asked us how our food was, we politely gave him our candid impression. He seemed understanding and apologetic. The funnel cake we ordered for desert was free...but still had to pay $26 for an inedible entree and left hungry. Thanks.
By Theoriginalboyabouttown on 4/7/2010
1. The Service was lousy. 2. Decor is Diner Worthy. 3. I had something that was allegedly a pate but had the consistency and tasted more like scraps. 4. However the Bloody Mary was good. 5. Also the wait was not worth it even though we had reservations we had to wait for too long.
Best out-of-towners brunch in the city
By helenr on 4/25/2010
Cookshop is my go-to for brunch when I have visitors - among other resons, they're one of the few places in town that takes reservations at brunchtime, which is a godsend. Beyond that, the cocktails are inventive and strong (the Bloody Maria packs a hell of a punch), the bacon is flavorful and crisp, and the biscuits are terrific. Bonus that it's a ten-second walk from the north entrance/exit for the High Line.
By Van2000 on 7/3/2010
Horrible RUDE service. The waitstaff rude for absolutely no reason, they just seemed to enjoy putting down customers. The manager was even worse and acted as if we were just lucky to be there so we should just shut up.
Don't believe the haters
By mrmrl on 8/16/2010
This place must be bi-polar, judging from the reviews. I went to Cookshop with my wife for our anniversary. That MAY have been leaked to the maitre'd when I requested a more secluded table than the one originally presented. Not a problem--we were re-seated with a grin. The waiter was even friendlier, if that's possible. My wife had a snack--deviled eggs with smoked trout. smoky indeed, and delish. I had a lobster salad with avocado and a rojas sauce--the sauce was quite spicy but evened out by the mellow and very fresh tasting lobster. My entree was the strip steak. quite tender... undercooked to medium rare but I wasn't bothered. it was a salty, juicy carnivore's dream. My wife, the lover of lamb, got a lamb-mixed grill. lamb sausage and chop--mixed with a garam masala and jasmine rice. Quite tasty. As I knew dessert was looming, I only ate half--if that--of my steak and roasted veg. Good thing. The strawberry 'sundae,' with roasted strawberries, and red wine reduction came with what I thought tasted like key lime pie ice cream. I'd go back to Cookshop just for dessert! We also got a complimentary taste of their Cookshop candy bar. Beautifully and festively presented like a work of lollipop art, it was 2 chocolate covered rectangles on sticks, with a peanut buttery and rich ganache interior. Wifey and I shared both. Wise decision, b/c we wouldn't have managed much more. Then we waddled home, full, happy, and still in love after 15 years. the end.
Fantastic place with excellent food
By Whitney_christy on 1/15/2011
I had many dinners at Cookshop for the last two years and never been disappointed or mistreated. Last night was no exception. We had a mouthwatering meal that started off with an incredible mackerel carpaccio followed by perfectly done scallops. Our waitress was on point...attentive and knowledgable. I didn't get her name, but she is a petite brunette with a short cropped haircut. And if you're into dining at the bar, note that the bartenders are down to earth, polite and professional. Overall another fantastic and memorable evening. This place does not disappoint. I always recommend it to friends and will definitely be back soon!
By Lokidog on 6/13/2011
I just had dinner there for the first time - I had the most amazing roast chicken you have ever seen or tasted in your life, and before that I had brioche bread with mozzarella inside. (if you're reading this, cookshop, maybe you should serve that with jam!)...but it's soo good by itself too. Our waiter was cool and attentive, atmosphere was great and Jessica Lang was 2 tables away, no lie! I had a bite of my sister's fish too (what I'm getting next time) - wish I could remember what it's called, sooo well done. Loved it.
Completely Worth the Wait
By trynewplaceseveryweek on 11/27/2011
I am in love! My mom and I wanted to have brunch but weren't feeling well all day so when we got there it was already 4 pm and Brunch was over. Dinner was not going to start until 530 so we wanted to go to a different place. We walked 2 blocks down, saw two other fancy looking places, one being The Park, and decided to ask people that we saw on the street. Two young men told us to go to Cookshop and we said is it worth the wait till 530 though? They said yes so we decided to go have tea and cheese at the place while we waited. The cheeses were great! - portions a bit small but filling enough, especially as a "starter" and the bread was just unbelievably good! (apple and walnut I believe)... The service was amazing! They did not hassle us and let us wait in peace. We ordered the rotisserie chicken with sweet potatoes, carrots and prunes and it was really an incredible combination! The duck we had came with a squash puree, red cabbage and finger-lake grapes (AMAZING GRAPES!) The duck was very salty, but once I took a bit of it with the squash, cabbage and most importantly the grapes I was sold! It was really a wonderfully inventive dish and the perfecttt combination as well. We will definitely be back!
Works well for groups
By avideater on 4/22/2012
We had a large group *with three small kids* for brunch at Cookshop, and they handled it impressively well. The table was ready on time for the reservation, the staff was super accomodating (even when we had to move chairs around for the kids), the food was fresh and creative, and everything was timely. They have some seriously organized management -- there are very few restaurants who could have pulled off such a pleasant brunch in the middle of their busiest brunch time. Well done!
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