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Cookshop

156 Tenth Ave., New York, NY, 10011
at 20th St.
212-924-4440

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6
Food: 7
Service: 6
Décor: 7
"Mixed Reviews"

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53% would go back.

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enjoyable

By psdesignc5 on 12/5/2005

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

enjoyed experience

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399 out of 774 people found this review helpful.

Food is delicious, but our waitress was awful

By natm41 on 6/10/2007

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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223 out of 555 people found this review helpful.

Was hoping for better

By exciteme on 7/13/2007

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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211 out of 447 people found this review helpful.

Good enough, but not a good value

By billiebob on 8/6/2007

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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203 out of 444 people found this review helpful.

"Good"

By ezrachica on 11/10/2007

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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511 out of 690 people found this review helpful.

I enjoyed myself thoroughly... but in this amazing city... there is better...

By andieinnewyork on 5/26/2008

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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95 out of 192 people found this review helpful.

waiter added an extra tip

By sherry_ on 10/15/2008

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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89 out of 175 people found this review helpful.

Not a good night

By Riley1 on 11/14/2008

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

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

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99 out of 216 people found this review helpful.

Lovely

By steph4260 on 8/18/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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94 out of 202 people found this review helpful.

Wait staff Awful

By briet on 11/8/2009

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

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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