All Reader Reviews of...
156 Tenth Ave., New York, NY, 10011
at 20th St.
By psdesignc5 on 12/5/2005
Food is delicious, but our waitress was awful
By natm41 on 6/10/2007
Tonight, I went to Cookshop for my 2nd time. The first time I went, our waiter was a bit MIA now & again, but he was great, friendly, and very helpful. However, this evening, our waitress was AWFUL. She seemed to be nice enough at first, but would come tell us some little tidbit about the menu or the specials and then run away while our mouths were left open, hoping to ask a question. Whenever I made eye contact with her, she would run away again, and when bringing the next set of silverware to the table, she reached across the table while we were mid-conversation to hand my steak knife to me directly rather than stepping a few feet over to put it down herself. While I might expect rude & unpleasant service at a fast food restaurant, I'd really like to think that one could expect more from a place like this. If it weren't for the awful service, the experience would have been great.
Was hoping for better
By exciteme on 7/13/2007
I think this restaurant is a bit over-hyped. The food was good, but nothing to write home about. I think what makes this restaurant stand out is the quality of their ingredients. You can taste the freshness. Otherwise, there was a lack of seasoning when needed and the sauces were a bit over-powering.
Good enough, but not a good value
By billiebob on 8/6/2007
This restaurant is unique in that the service is very good and the food is 100% American style. This kind of "good food and casual elegance" atmosphere is rare in NY and very common in California, Arizona, Washington, basically anywhere out west. Service at CookShop was good, especially for real knowledge of USA wine. Aside from the really fun corn-nuts, however, the food just could not approach what I'm come to expect in a $30 entree in the city. It was OK I suppose , but $30 is the price threshold where I've come to expect excellent food, not "Suckling Pig" over baked beans that is literally 75% rolled up skin and fat. The sea bass was better, but nothing special. There were only 6 entrees +1 special on the menu, so I felt a little limited in choosing as well. I would be less negative if the prices were 30% lower, but they aren't, and the competition simply outdoes CookShop.
By ezrachica on 11/10/2007
I was excited to try Cookshop but it was really just okay. Service was good, not fabulous, and food was pretty mediocre. Not bad, but not great.
I enjoyed myself thoroughly... but in this amazing city... there is better...
By andieinnewyork on 5/26/2008
Fresh decor. It was more open and spacious than the pictures on this site show. Our waiter was attentive and funny, not smothering or absent... Food was good, from the salad to dessert. I ordered a salad, a whole fish, and a ginger mango parfait. All delic without all the hullabaloo of fancy smance over the top presentation. Portion size was perfect. For the price you could have found better in the city, But for me, this place is all about location and comfort. Getting to stretch your legs, take a stroll thru the neighborhood on a lovely night. I sat inside, but the outside eating area looked beautiful as the sun was setting, the sky was an amazing color of bright deep blue... sigh... I will definitely go back.
waiter added an extra tip
By sherry_ on 10/15/2008
i went to the restaurant weeks ago for dinner with a friend. Everything went okay--no long wait, decent food and service, etc. After a couple of days, when i checked my credit card account, i noticed that my bill was $2 extra...??!!! I called cookshop to check with them (hell...i did bother!) but they never got back to me.
Not a good night
By Riley1 on 11/14/2008
We were at Cookshop early this fall on a Sunday night. Noise level was awful. The service was just poor. They really did not know what they were doing. The food at best was fair for the price. This was not a good night
By steph4260 on 8/18/2009
I've been to Cookshop a number of times and it has never disappointed. The food is fantastic-each dish is unique. Our most recent visit was with a large group; we had a number of the appetizers-clams, pizza, hominy, fried green tomatoes. All were excellent. The same was true of entrees, and desserts were off the chart excellent. Unlike the other reviewer, I've always found the service to be attentive without being obtrusive. Cookshop's atmosphere is relaxed and inviting but still elegant. A great date place. One of my absolute favorites in NY.
Wait staff Awful
By briet on 11/8/2009
The food is good, very over hyped for what you get. The place is very noisy and the wait staff is unprofessional.
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