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848 Washington St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. 13th St.
The Standard Grill-Awful Lunch
By manhattanista on 5/22/2011
Yesterday a friend and I walked the Highline in NY and decided to have lunch at The Hotel Standard. Nice as it was a nice day, which is rare these days, we found a table outside. We both decided to eat the Brisket Sandwich with Cole Slaw. Our waitress was nice and we knew it was a madhouse with the place being so crowded. When we got our brisket we immediately noticed how fatty it was. Being well trained â€śrestaurant eatersâ€ť we chose to eat around the fat. At the end this was impossible as there was so much and no meat. We ate the coleslaw and then decided to ask our waitress if this was the usual way it was served. She said it looked very fatty to her but they (meaning management) would not take it off our checks as we ate part of our lunch. We asked her to show it to the kitchen and ask if they meant it to come out like this. From being our nice waitress she became our lazy one. I asked for the manager and she told me they were downstairs and it would take a long time for them to come up. We paid our check but I said to my friend that I would blog this on the restaurant blogs. Lesson: have a drink at the Hotel Standard but donâ€™t eat! The check was $50 bucks for 2 coleslaws and a glass of water and a diet coke.
So average food
By citrakayah on 4/18/2011
I went there for brunch yesterday. I ordered steak tartare and the the color was not appetizing at all, and I had stomachache at night, which gave bad headache the next day. I don't know if that was equivalent of food poisoning. The steak tartare was the only thing i ate of the day, so I knew it had to be it. The waiter served my white wine in a more cocktail appropriate glasses and for some reason, it was strange and it didn't taste good. A toasted bagel on the side cost $7 dollars and there was also an unidentified item on the bill. This place never again! The beer was good in the garden, and some attractive people as well.
By sarahbjackson on 2/5/2011
We had high expectations based on the reviews and hype, but never have we been so disappointed. The host who greeted us pointed vaguely in the direction of our table, so we sat at the only table set for two we could see. We were mid-way through the drinks we'd been served when a waiter interrupted to ask if we'd made a reservation. We confirmed that we had, and a few minutes later he informed us rudely and abruptly that we were at the wrong table and that our reservation was in the front room. No apology was given and we were humiliatingly frog-marched like criminals to an uncomfortable table set for 6 in the front room. We expressed our disappointment to another waiter who said she would speak to someone about it. It was only after reminding her twice that a manager eventually came over and apologised, offering us complementary desserts, This did little to make up for the overwhelmingly disappointing experience. Not only were we treated appallingly, the food was very average. My appetiser was an extremely bland carrot and goats cheese terrine, followed by stone-cold duck breast with ratatouille. After I complained, the cold duck was taken away and eventually returned warmer (but overdone), but the ratatouille was still refrigerator cold. My husband's so-called 'prawn cocktail' consisted of prawns served with tomato sauce (OK but hardly a prawn cocktail). Our free desserts were sickly sweet and barely edible. Probably the most disappointing restaurant experience we've had.
Favorite new spot
By nycfoodie16 on 9/18/2010
I wasn't sure if I would be a fan of the notoriously scene-y Standard Grill. I got an 8:30 reservation, which was fantastic, and they accommodated my 4-person party at a beautiful table in the grill room. Fantastic, friendly service who didn't care that we weren't New York elite. Loved the Parmesan they brought out before our food came. The Haricots Verts salad was delicious, as was the seared branzino. I also highly recommend the Penny Drop cocktail.
By brittanycarcova on 8/20/2010
The Standard Grill offers up everything you would expect: a painfully attractive staff, retro-referenced design, quality food and deserts that are so perfectly kitsch. Having chosen this spot for the firm's summer outing seemed questionable at first, considering the size of our party and the fact that it was a busy Thursday night in the Meat Packing District, nonetheless the staff accommodated us beautifully. We kept the the martinis flowing (served in nostalgic glasses) while enjoying the oysters and a variety of dishes. The rib-eye for two was hearty and well-flavored, but the fish dishes, like the halibut, are where the Standard flourishes. Be mindful of the trout; it is bland and perhaps the dullest dish I have witnessed in a long time. That aside, the meal was topped off with a night-cap of milk and chocolate chip cookies, served in a way too charming for words.
Great food & service
By HappyFoodie on 2/26/2010
We had a wonderful dinner a few weeks ago. The dishes were surprisingly complex yet not overdone. Great cocktails and wine list. Will be back for sure. It's a great addition to the neighborhood.
By CaptainCook on 2/2/2010
Nice lunch for four of us. Mussels were from PEI, and therefore the best. But the brisket sandwich was a disappointment. Burger was good. We enjoyed the service and the scene.
By annaHnyc on 9/29/2009
Where to begin. Service was painfully slow. I don't mind waiting if I have a cocktail but good grief-forever to even get a drink. Waiter couldn't answer basic questions about menu "is this a pork or beef dish" and didn't offer to find out. Never got a second drink. In fact, barely got water refill. Manager nor host seemed to care when we complained about service. Food was ok-in truth-hard to recall as whole experience was just plain bad. Wish we had walked out BUT we were staying at the hotel (which by the way, said it couldn't get us in to the restaurant). Apparently they are relying completely on location and decor to keep this place going-and maybe it will for a while. NYC you deserve better. (Yes, we live in Manhattan but were staying in the hotel).
By Alli_nyc on 9/6/2009
There are much better brunches to be had in nyc. Still, a great casual, yet upbeat ambiance (feat. expensive hipsters, big sunglasses and simple cafe decor). And the outdoor seating is a plus. It has the usual early morning family-friendly scene, and trendy, typical meatpacking dist. afternoon scene. The servers were nice, but too laid back -- our coffee took an hour to hit the table, and the fries arrived cold. Nonetheless, it had very decent pricing, and regardless its connection to the hotel, I didn't spot a fanny pack. When I left, though, I wished I had just gone to Pastis. Although they comp'd (sp?) the long awaited coffee, it was a brutal wait. And the food was just average. So while I wouldn't choose to go back, I wouldn't refuse. As long as that barista isn't working at the same time...
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