325 Bowery, New York, NY, 10003
at E. 2nd St.
By NOTAHOUSEWIFE on 4/10/2011
Since Freeman's is my all time favorite place in NY, decided to brave the unflattering reviews and take 2 out-of-town foodies to Peel's. The decor is fabulous, space and air unseen on this island. Very gracious hostess, and there the good news ended. Sat forever, waiting for someone--the staff has that uncanny ability to scan the room and NEVER meet your eye; legions of people ambling about, impossible to discern server from the hordes (this was around 2pm, practically empty upstairs). Server finally approaches listlessly--this person had no business dealing with the public, she should have been safely ensconced in a research library. She botched our order completely: wrong coffee drinks, side of gravy was deposited upon the fried chicken sandwich, on and on. My Portland friend's Stumptown French Press coffee was brought to the table missing the French Press, with no explanation-- same for our absent drinks. After 5 min., we asked about them, and she said the 'barista' was bringing them--another 5 min. landed us the wrong ones. The food was mediocre--everything, including the iced coffee was strangely sour, tomato soup was single-note, big disappointment. When we politely canceled the chicken, there was no apology, no professionalism--my friend spotted what must have been the manager, strolling around, chatting up our server, but oblivious to anything going on in his establishment. We left a tip, hoping it would go to the support staff--but left feeling totally ripped off.
By NYCGirl8791 on 1/23/2011
The waitstaff and service are TERRIBLE! I was there on a night when the restaurant was practically empty and it took the waitress about 20 minutes to even come to the table to bring menus. Staff are rude and inattentive. The food is average and overpriced. It's too bad because I like the space and the look. Definitely not worth what you'll spend there.
By 1997Downtowner on 4/2/2012
I'd heard mixed things, but thought it was worth a try as the room looks really nice from the outside. Was also willing to give it a bit of slack for the same reason. Basically, room is very nice. Food was fine, not bad, not good. Service ranged from hostile to indifferent. Can't imagine going back unless it was for something very simple, something even they couldn't mess up. Too bad - that room is awfully nice.
By Simon7 on 1/8/2012
I went with a friend and we were pretty excited to try it. The atmosphere was relatively pleasant and the decor was nice, but not nice enough to mask the awful events to come. The host first sat us at a table directly in front of the emergency exit door. I'm not really a stickler for fire safety regulations, but come on. The lighting was awful and we had to pass around a candle in order to read the menu. My friend ordered a Perrier to drink. The waitress then took the liberty of bringing him a Canada Dry club soda without even telling him that they didn't have sparkling water. Against our best judgment at this point, we still proceeded to order. We started with the squid which was less squid and more fried batter. It was completely over-fried and you could hardly taste the squid. I ordered the vegetable pot pie for my entree which was described as, "roasted fall vegetables with buttermilk biscuit crust". What it should have read was, "salty, overcooked carrots and undercooked potatoes with a buttermilk biscuit thrown on top". My friend ordered the duck breast which was served to him on a side dish. It was one of the smallest portions I have ever seen and was missing the dried cherry sauce all together. We were interested in ordering desert but couldn't take yet another let down, so decided to go elsewhere. I enjoy going to nice restaurants and paying for quality food and service, but Peels was seriously overpriced for the mediocre food and service. DON'T GO!
By wein123 on 11/23/2010
Went there with a couple of friends, and must tell you it was horrible. The food is poorly conceived and executed. The wine suggestions did not pair well with anything we ordered. The wait staff was aloof and tactless. The decor misses soooo many notes, the only thing worth looking at are the natural wood panels, otherwise tasteless misappropriation of antebellum nostalgia mixed with overused details of riverside drive apartments!
By Mallet on 10/12/2010
Really disappointed. I was so excited when I heard about Peel opening on the Bowery. As a big fan of Freeman's, The Rusty Knot and the whole hunting lodge "how much for the axe" and tailored suit vibe, this was a major major let down. The food was very bland and waay too expensive. I had an extremely average Swordfish ( Is it still legal to eat Swordfish?) my wife had the Quinoa salad that was frozen. Clearly not freshly made. Another member of our party had the lamb shank - looked great, tasted - well, no taste. The unfortunate truth is that this place will probably do really well with the bearded single racer crowd in the hood. Sienna Miller will be seen making out with Jude Law's nanny and some twat will tweet it. Hype will overshadow the 0 stars this place currently deserves. Maybe nice for a coffee and a newspaper in the morning as the downstairs area has a bit of charm. Too expensive and cold upstairs to be a dinner venue.
By tsappora on 9/21/2010
And I mean R-A-W! Not undercooked, not pink - two inches of translucent, raw, white meat. Apparently, someone took the wrong piece out of the fryer and served it before it's time. Apparently, the chef is not paying attention to what his staff is doing and what is being sent out. This place has way too much attitude and hype to make a huge blunder like that worth another visit. The other dishes were okay (accept for the dry yellow cake with hard ganache frosting), and the manager who came over from Freeman's was gracious and completely picked up the pieces after our waitress unapologetically told us that "the chicken is so fresh that sometimes that happens." Oh my.