All Reader Reviews of...
325 Bowery, New York, NY, 10003
at E. 2nd St.
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.
Not worth it!
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 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!
Terrible Start to a New Year
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 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 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 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.
Still reeling from the shock
By skye861 on 9/26/2011
I can't say I actually ate here, and I never, ever will, because of what was required just to make the reservation. It was for 10 people. I was informed given our party number that I would have to sign a contract and hand over my credit card number in advance. The contract stated that 1) we would be forced to eat off the "prix fix" menu for $50/person, with about half the normal menu available (when you can get a main dish for $16, this seemed absurd) 2) a 20% gratuity was automatic 3) a $20 BOOKING FEE would be added (I have never heard of such a thing) 4) if we canceled we would be charged $250 and (this one takes the cake) 5) if one member of our party did not show up it would be a $250 charge. After reading this contract I had to sit down and put my head between my knees to avoid passing out. Needless to say, we did not make the booking. The food and decor get 5's because I don't know either way and never intend to find out.
Heart attack on a plate
By Alessia_NYC on 10/22/2010
I was really excited to eat at Peels, seeing as the owners' past ventures were very well received. To my dismay, the menu was smallish & full of dishes I try to stay away from unless I am really hung over & need grease to fill me up. A simple stew gave me the worst stomach ache, and the rest of the dishes were difficult to eat: a simple creamed spinach dish consisted of wilted spinach in a slop of half & half. Potato hash browns were fried donut balls with potato flavoring. Potato gnocchi tasted like plain lard. The staff was nice, but the food was just gross. When I looked around at what the trendy teens were eating, it was a simple plate of charcuterie & a glass of wine, which made sense â€“ no one wants to roll out of there like a butter ball. I didn't enjoy the food I was eating. For a better plate of charcuterie I will gladly go to Pulino's down the street.
great service, interesting cocktails, good but salty food
By Juneteenth on 5/1/2011
The squid appetizer with the cilantro sauce and hominy (although the water said it was chick pea) was superb. The buns were light, buttery, and mouthwatering. Corn dogs came 2 to a plate but were easily divvied up around the table and gobbled up quickly to everyone's delight. The menu promised a chopped salad with all sorts of goodies but presented as a $9 plate of salty, vinegary romaine. Unlike at most restaurants, here the burgers were of a normal portion appropriate for humans, with extra salty skin fries. The fried chicken appeared to be almost a half young chicken, described by a tablemate as tender and innocent. The porkloin covered an entire dinner plate, and the swordfish was reported as decent. The potato and asparagus soup was salty and uncreative. Fantastic service. We got a table in the corner upstairs, so unlike in the rest of the space, we could hear each other talk.
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