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156 Ninth Ave., New York, NY, 10011
nr. 20th St.
Inconsistent food, dishonest wine list
By ottozap on 11/29/2009
The dining room is pretty. The food inconsistent. Good soup, completely bland celeriac salad, yucky deviled eggs, muddled, over-fruited, over-cooked pork chop. But it's not the food that got me. What is unacceptable is the dishonesty of the wine list--and the management's adherence to their lie. The wine list says Brunello, and they serve a Rosso di Montalcino. C'mon people, that's bait-and-switch at best, a brazen, shameful lie at worst. Note to Perjuring Parson: "The 'second wine' of the zone is Rosso di Montalcino and this generally sells for a modest price..." (montalcino.net) "In less than ideal vintages some producers will relegate all their grapes to Rosso di Montalcino production and not make a Brunello..." (wikipedia.org/wiki/Brunello_di_Montalcino)
By KeithO on 11/28/2009
I live two blocks away and was psyched for a high end comfort food restaurant. Tipsy Parson however was anything but comfortable. They tried to sit our table of 3 at a 2 top in hallway with the gushing promise it was low traffic. 10 seconds after sitting and realizing it was where the coat check was (bumped twice in that time) we had to ask to move. They then forgot the non alcoholic drink for the pregnant woman for 30 minutes, forgot the utensils for the entree's until we got up and asked, and the check until the third ask. The food was ok, but man, disrespect is not a needed factor in a night out. Shape up or ship out Tipsy Parson.
Avoid Tipsy Parson! Terrible food and even worse service!
By chelseaeats on 11/17/2009
Tipsy Parson fails on all accounts. I was sitting in a long row of diners having terrible experiences with their food and their service. No food for an hour w/out any explanation or even a nibble of something to hold me over. When I asked for at least one appetizer, the waiter was dismissive. Some food finally arrived via a runner all at once and hardly fitting on the tiny table. The fried food was cold and flavorless. A foul seasoned-oil accompanied everything and was totally gross. The deviled eggs were inedible. Two items never arrived. Upon receiving the check the server was rude and the hostess was clueless. I couldn't wait to get out of there and WILL NEVER EVER RETURN.
Amazing food, stellar service!
By bion on 11/8/2009
My wife and I live in the neighborhood and ate at Tipsy Parson for the first time last night. We sat at the bar, and we were blown away by the amazing food and great service. We had the steak (medium rare), the mac & cheese (with bacon), the kale & spinach salad, the parsnip soup, and the namesake 'tipsy parson' desert. Every dish was delicious, and perfectly presented. This is a restaurant that we are excited about, and the prices are affordable enough to make it a regular neighborhood place to grab a meal. Can't wait for breakfast and lunch service to start!
yes to frozen mint juleps
By starskione on 11/5/2009
The frozen mint julips were yummy and everything we ordered was good. Wasn't into the entrees so we stuck with bar snacks and appetizers. Other people did the same. Service was nice and generally attentive with minor hiccups. I bet given some time that it will improve drastically. I like the general vibe and concept and would definitely go back. Great place to have a cocktail, conversation and a bite when you don't want to commit to a full-blown meal.
WOW THAT WAS A BAD MEAL
By facebone on 11/1/2009
I can't explain how bad an experience this was. I get that new restaurants have "issues," but I have never had a meal where the service was this bad, the food was this disgusting (really, a fried lemon slice on a veggie plate?) when it eventually came (after an hour wait) and no apologies were received. We ordered a cheese plate and an hour later were told they were "still working on it." It never came. The highly anticipated fried "comfort food" was greasier than the worst truck stop. The waitress was downright officious, which the busboy even gave me a nudge about as if to say "she's a real bitch, ain't she?" They can't expect to stay in business when the restaurant was still locked when we arrived at the time of our reservation. What are these people thinking? Hush puppies- flavorless, deviled eggs- mealy, beer- warm, biscuits- I don't know, they never arrived. Lots of better places to eat within a few blocks-- I suggest you try one of them.
By rajd279 on 10/29/2009
Night two at Tipsy Parson felt like Game one at Yankee Stadium. A great venue, lots of excitement, and little delivery from the home team. If you're looking for food that's ok but nothing special, and can tolerate a chaotic scene with clueless service, the Tipsy is for you. Me, I'll stick with tried and true Chelsea favorites like Cookshop and the Red Cat.
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