All Reader Reviews of...
38 MacDougal St., New York, NY, 10012
nr. Prince St.
We wanted to like it...
By Njnell on 11/5/2011
Over salted was just the beginning. My lamb "two ways" was changed to lamb "three ways" for a dollar more. Two of the tiny bits of lamb on my plate were about 50% fat; the third bit was a greasy sausage. The broccoli rabe on which it sat was overly bitter and the beans and some kind of dried fruit scattered around the plate were virtually tasteless. My husband had the muscles cooked in smoked ham hock broth, but whatever ham hocks allegedly flavored this broth left not a speck of meat behind. The host apologized and bought him a beer, but still. Did I mention that the flatbread with pear and cheese was soggy? At least it tasted good...service was great, but not only was the food wanting, but portions were teeny. Thumbs down, won't be going back.
Our favorite spot...
By dashma on 9/5/2011
I love hundred acres and whenever i try a new restaurant, i always compare it to this place. over the summer they have been serving a fish stew, which is my favorite dish in the entire city! the bread basket is always so amazing. they are eager to please and get your dish right at all times. i highly recommend this place.
By bistrobelle on 8/22/2011
Dined at Hundred Acres recently with family and had a delectable experience. We were seated in the front room and enjoyed a warm August night at a table by the open front. Black kale with anchovy dressing was so good we ordered seconds. Crispy pig tater tot was yummy, too. We tried some meat and some fish for our mains. The mussels were nicely prepared and we also had pork chop steak, grilled chicken with lemon smashed potatoes and duck confit. Flavors and seasonings were spot on. Wine list is eclectic, small-estate driven, the way we like it! It was a little noisy on a Thursday evening but we loved the vibe and energy. Rustic ambiance fits the SOHO location. Service was efficient and friendly. Hundred Acres has a true neighborhood bistro feel with market-inspired dishes and we would go back in a heartbeat.
By dmb2 on 11/17/2010
Decoration is good but food quality is average to low or very low. We got an pork patÃ© as appetizer and the bread was not toasted but burnt, almost black. Their duck didn't taste at all like duck, which is why you order duck in the first place. My friend order fish scallops that were little tiny disks of hard fish, not fresh at all. However their prices are high and the place is noisy. The whole place smells like they are cooking in the table beside you. So if you want to eat well, smell well afterwards and have some value for your money, go somewhere else. With so many restaurants around I won't ever go again.
Hope it lasts 100 years
By tspell22 on 6/21/2010
What a great spot! I highly recommend this restaurant for a friendly lunch or business lunch. Amazing service with a staff that actually knew what the name of the restaurant meant at least they sold us on it! The food was delicious and their bloody mary's were some of the best in the city and some come with a raw oyster on top. I will come back here to try everything on the menu. So far I was impressed with their sinful grilled cheese with pecans toasted inside and the delicious fresh home made macaroni dish with snap peas and ricotta. Need I say more? Go here now hurry! If you don't you will miss out on a little gem!
Only for beef lovers
By fooddog on 4/10/2010
Forget this place if you want anything other than beef. Not only was the server incredibly unhelpful, the chef refused to substitue the potato salad for the french fries after I specifically asked due to diet restrictions. There were no choices for vegetarians at all unless you count a plate of grilled asparagus. Since they would not provide any other choices, it made for a difficult evening. On top of that the waiter was rude and unwilling to help by providing suggestions. I would definitely not return and anyone who wants to "eat green" should avoid this beef-a-tarium.
By gjl137 on 4/9/2010
Went here for a friends birthday on a Thursday night. We had reservations and no problems with being seating. The wait staff was very courteous and polite; never felt rushed to leave. I went with the mussels and French fries which was delicious and left me very content. My one friend got the fried chicken which I felt was the best meal of the four of us. The burger my friend ordered was not medium rare as requested, the sword fish my other friend ordered was lukewarm and they also forgot to bring a side dish fries (they did not charge us so not a big complaint. The desserts were delicious; ordered the chocolate pot de creme which is rich and dark. The decor is nice and being that the restaurant is on mcdougal, it is pretty quiet.
At least the food was good
By nychic529 on 1/25/2010
My friend and I were there for brunch not too long ago, and both had the special with pumpkin brioche pudding and poached eggs. The food was good (perfectly cooked poached eggs are hard to find), the bloody mary was excellent (I tried the cajun mary), but the service was bad. As soon as the food came they did everything possible to get us out the door; not offering more coffee, taking away plates & cups about 5 seconds after we were done, or even before, and not filling our water after they took away the plates. 45 min. after we sat down, all that was left was an almost empty water glass. Even when it's busy, I can't justify pushing patrons out the door less than an hour from when they were seated. We enjoyed the food, but will never go back.
Will Definitely Go Back
By rootsdaughter1 on 11/23/2009
I went to Hundred Acres with mediocre expectations - thinking it was going to be an over rated scene with decent food. I left unexpectedly content. The service, first and foremost, was wonderful. Decor and atmosphere was nice - the lighting was perfect. Food - best part. I had a seasonal menu item of venison with brussels sprouts that was devine. I highly recommend this spot.
A lovely evening overall
By opdinnerout on 10/12/2009
Lovely attentive service, charming space (though I'm not quite clear on the dichotomy between the white table clothed back room and the bare wooden tables bar area), and decent food. Yes, while the ingredients are fresh and locally sourced, it was good, but nothing was exceptional. The main problem was the portions, which were just huge and not manageable. We all shared one appetizer for the table of 3, but could barely finish our huge main courses... Not that this stopped us from sharing a dessert :)
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